Why Having a Good Data Backup Strategy Is a Must

Backing up data — the chore few find pleasant and many forget about, but also one of the most basic and valuable processes everyone should implement. Whether it’s your personal data or the lifeline of your business, backups play a pivotal role in ensuring you never have to experience the loss of your important files.

Along with data encryption, backup is among the first steps every person with at least an iota of responsibility should undertake for the continued preservation of their valuable information. A solid data backup strategy goes a long way — however, reality shows a different sentiment. Truthfully speaking, backup plans aren’t by any means a new concept; in fact, many individuals and businesses implement some sort of strategy. Why is it, then, that data loss is still such a big issue? Simply put, it isn’t just about having a plan — you also have to make sure it’s a good one.

Plans Full of Holes

If you take a look at surveys and statistics for the past few years, you will see plenty of alarming results. Of course, your data can be gone in the blink of an eye, and in the vast majority of cases you won’t have even had a direct role in it. Whether it’s malicious activity or force majeure, you can suddenly find yourself without data that is of great importance to you, no matter if it’s of personal or professional nature. This is where a solid, functional backup strategy comes into play.

The most popular backup solution, used indiscriminately for any purposes, is the external drive. This is a great start, but it is seldom enough to guarantee full disaster-proof results. One glaring issue is the fact that both your original location and the backup are located in the same physical space — and very often in immediate proximity to each other. This puts your data at a great risk in the event of an unforeseen disaster, such as a flood, a fire and even a power outage. The prospects for your files after the fact aren’t great, either — an attempt to repair the damaged drives in hopes of recovering your lost data is very likely to be unsuccessful and, if we are talking large-scale businesses, it might even be a financially unfeasible endeavor. This, along with the already great losses your organization might have suffered, makes it easy to explain why a great deal of businesses often shut down after having the bad luck of losing all or most of their data due to unforeseen events.

However, it’s as much about luck as it is about taking preventive measures.

A Backup Strategy Worth Trying

We understand how there might be many people out there without the necessary knowledge on backing up data — after all, the volumes of information have seen nothing but exponential growth in recent times, and it is often the case that there simply isn’t any time left for such tasks widely considered to be secondary, significant as they may be. Still, it isn’t too late to start, and there is a quick, straightforward method you can implement — the 3-2-1 strategy.

In the simplest of terms, the 3-2-1 backup strategy represents the storage of your data on at least three different mediums. The first two are on-site — so no divergences with the common practice of using an external drive (or an additional hard drive internally within your server). However, the third location for your backup is off-site, meaning it is stored somewhere away from the first two. Hence, the strategy’s name.

QuadraNet is able to provide off-site backups, because it maintains 7 different geographically diverse datacenter locations:

Your off-site medium should be provided by a datacenter with geographically diverse locations that you can choose from. The backup solution should also be updated on a regular basis by scanning your server for updated changes, and uploading your data to the backup server. Its main strength is that it isn’t affected by potential events that may damage your on-site devices.

It may sound too simple to be effective, but in reality the 3-2-1 backup is among the most preferred starting strategies for businesses of any size. Another great advantage of this model is how easy it is to implement — and with how much technology is improving, things like auto-update and sync tools are widely available, relieving you from having to write down scheduled uploads every week.

Naturally, the 3-2-1 strategy isn’t the ultimate solution — in fact, there isn’t a single backup plan out there that fits in this category. However, it is a great way to start protecting your data with greater redundancy and efficiency.

Trust the Professionals

Having a data backup strategy is, without a doubt, mandatory in this day and age. However, we also understand that not everyone can afford to implement a backup plan simply due to time constraints. Regardless, the safety and availability of your files is a top priority, no matter the size or type of your business.

Our QuadraNet services are designed with the above in mind — by choosing to work with us, we can engineer a customized hosting solution with the perfect backup plan, so you never have to worry about data loss! Our R1Soft Backup Solution provides on-demand, flexible, off-site, and comprehensive backups for just $16.25/month, plus $0.35/GB for any storage used.

Additionally, we are always available to answer any backup-related questions or other inquiries you might have, and we will assist you to the best of our ability in creating and implementing a data backup strategy tailored to your business organization’s specific needs. From small-scale R1Soft backups to high-storage dedicated servers set up for backup purposes, we are here to provide you with the ultimate backup solution for your business. Feel free to contact our server experts at sales@quadranet.com to discuss your needs.

In conclusion, data backup, albeit a basic step, is instrumental in preventing the irrecoverable loss of your valuable files. Diversifying your mediums is just as pivotal — as the old saying goes, don’t put all your eggs in one basket!