What Type of Backup is Best for Your Business

Hundreds of new pieces of information are being created in your business every day and what a costly disaster it would spell if all of it were to get lost. As you know data backup is essential for every business, but it can be difficult to know which one is best for your business. The right backup method suited to your business can make it easier for you to manage your information on an everyday basis and save you time and worry because it is thoroughly protected from loss or damage.

Incremental and Differential Backups
Incremental backups store all the changes made since the last backup, differential backups save the changes made since the last full backup. These methods are much easier and quicker than a full backup and use storage space more efficiently because files are not duplicated like with full backup.

Full Backup
Full backup is where all of the folders and files selected will be stored. This is used as an initial backup and a few times per week, with incremental or differential ones in between. This type is easy to manage and allows you to restore different versions. Unfortunately full backups take a long time and space compared to incremental and differential types therefore full backups should be done during out of work hours.

Local Backup
Local backup is where the files you store are saved close to hand e.g. external hard drive or USB plugged directly into your computer or on a local shared network. Local backups offer good protection against hard drive failures and viruses and storage can be cheap and very fast. The only downside is that in the case of a theft or a disaster e.g. a flood, saved data can be lost or damaged.

Offsite Backup
Offsite backup is where files are stored in a different geographical location to the source. Offsite backup tends to be fully protected by a separate team or an experienced third-party IT supplier. They provide many benefits and are ideal for companies with a large amount of sensitive data.

Online Backup
Online backup, also known as cloud backup, is where data is saved on a storage server connected to the source via the internet. Since this backup is performed online to another site your files will be protected against damage from a disaster. Since the data can be updated and replicated from several storage devices and serviced by a few internet connections, the system is not at mercy of a single point of failure.

There is no one type of backup that provides the best results, but a perfect combination of a few. Having the right combination suited to your business enables you to manage and update your files easily for your specific organization, whilst effectively protecting them from loss or harm – and give you peace of mind.

Talk to Serval today to find out which backup method is right for you on 01342 895180

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