At a recent networking event, I asked a business owner what his most challenging technology problem was. He told me a few months ago, his office had been hit by lightning causing a power surge that fried the server. He suffered a total data loss.
How could this happen? I asked him if he had a UPS, an uninterruptable power supply, which instantaneously keeps the device’s power on long enough for a proper shutdown. In this case, it would have been protecting his server. Unfortunately, he was not proactive enough with his backup, disaster and recovery strategy. He did not invest in this part of his technology network because he never thought something like this would ever happen. Ever. Budgeting for information technology resources is one of the top challenges small-medium businesses face.
Two Network Backup Best Practices
- Develop a habit that includes regular backups of individual work computers, laptops, servers, and other devices. This is one of the most overlooked technology tasks among businesses.
- The second is budgeting for proper, redundant backup securely stored off-site. Don't leave your backup on-site rather, use a remote service.
A local backup, on-site, typically on the server along with a UPS is not a good enough backup solution to safeguard your information. This business owner was able to salvage a lot but, not all critical operational data because he used an external backup device. When we talked, it had been six months since severe weather caused a power surge taking out his server, and he was still trying to recover his information.
On one hand, if he had a regular, redundant, remote backup, his recovery and downtime would have been significantly less than what he experienced. Backup files should be stored off-site in a secure location. I wonder how much revenue was lost not to mention, sleep.