Many companies are now turning to virtual servers and cloud-based providers such as Windows VPS in order to maximize the benefits of their storage medium and reduce the amount of physical storage and maintenance costs they pay. For many small businesses on the cusp of success, however, one area that is often overlooked is that of reliable backup systems.
For many companies, the need for a new and better backup system may only present itself when an event occurs such as a fire, theft or total loss, but this is often far too late. Companies may also find that their need for backup will grow as they do; should they suddenly find themselves in a position of increased fiscal prosperity, they may also find that their small-business backup solution cannot keep up with the amount of data they are generating.
One option for these small businesses is to move away from a physical backup option to one that connects from disk to disk to cloud, providing Web-based rather than physically-based storage of data, often with speedier recovery times and lower costs.
Companies do need to be wary, however, when choosing a new backup storage solution. Questions need to be asked of a provider – how long will a full data restore take? When is data available? What will happen if the backup company goes out of business?
By carefully selecting a backup provider, companies can ensure that their data is protected in both the short and long term. And in a market where 20% of companies will change backup providers in the next year, the landscape is filled with options for a company looking to ensure that their data is protected and can be easily restored.