Business backupBusiness Backup solutions differ enormously. It is important to be aware of the pros and cons when you choose one solution over another. Although many services provide full protection, some services cover just your data while others cover your entire system. Some backup systems help you quickly recover some of your systems after a major problem, while others are designed to ensure that your systems are safe from environmental risks such as fires and floods as well as theft or malicious damage.

What should you consider when choosing a Data Backup system?

Data protection policies and legal issues must be considered. Some offshore cloud backup offerings are not suitable for UK businesses. It is important to be aware of where the data is actually stored.

The types of Data Backup systems

You can have data only or full system backups, onsite and offsite. What is the difference?

Data only backup

Backing up your data is the minimum level of backup you should have in place. It means that if your IT system fails, then your irreplaceable business data can be recovered safely.

The disadvantage of a data-only backup is that all the other contents of your system will have to be built back up again – from scratch. If you lose a server, it could easily take several days before you are back up and running.

System backup

A system backup clones the whole of your chosen PC or server. This means that all the system software and settings, as well as the data, are protected. The entire system can then be restored to the exact state it was in. You do not have to reinstall and reconfigure everything. This dramatically reduces the downtime of your systems.

On-site backup

Onsite backups are made to a physical device that is on the same premises as the computer. It is therefore not reliant on an internet connection being available. Higher volumes of information can be copied quicker locally, so large system backups are easier.

Accessing the backup in order to restore it is also quicker than if you must retrieve the data over the internet. The disadvantage is that it will not protect against local disasters such as fire, flood or theft unless the physical backups are stored offsite.

Offsite backup

Offsite backups are made to a different location to the computer –usually over the internet. The advantage of this type of backup is that it protects your data against local disasters. The disadvantage is that it relies on an internet connection. The availability and bandwidth of your internet connection can limit the frequency and size of backups.

Digitalquill – Experts in Business Backup

If you’re in any doubt on how to buy the best business backup system, ask an expert. We can look at your business’s risks and vulnerabilities, and implement the appropriate backup solution for your unique situation. For more information visit, call us on 01482 424402 or email