Four essential features for a backup solution to let you sleep at night

In today’s world, antiquated methods of data protection – like tape backup – aren’t going to cut it anymore. With the rise in malware attacks and hardware failures, how are you safeguarding your data?

Comtec provides backup solutions to many UK organisations in every industry sector.  In tDatto_Elitehis blog, we explore how to evaluate backup and business continuity solutions to find the best option for your organisation.  Check out this earlier post  to see what kinds of qualities a backup solution should have.  Here, we’re going to dive deeper into the specific technologies and features that create the most complete solutions.

When it comes to total data protection, small and mid-sized businesses should be on the lookout for these features to ensure their data is not only backed up but available in the case of a potential disaster.

Proof of Backup

It’s not enough to put a technology in place and assume it’s always working in the background. With any sophisticated technology, there are potential points of failure. An intelligent backup service should offer automated assurance to ensure that systems are always bootable and provide screenshot verification.

Image-Based Backup

This feature serves as the backbone of a backup system and adds significant usability in disaster scenarios. With image-based backup users no longer have to pick and choose which files are backed up or worry about saving the most recent draft to the shared/backup folder. A picture of the workstation or server is taken and stored as a place in time for that machine. This is essential for restoration because rebuilding or virtualising a machine requires not just files, but also the applications and systems.


Virtualisation refers to the process around creating a virtual version of something. In the case of backup, this would likely be servers, devices, applications, or entire networks. The virtualised versions act completely independently from the physical devices. This feature keeps businesses functioning when the physical devices fail, minimising downtime.

Secure Storage

Keeping your data secure, whether it be personal or business, is hugely important when selecting a backup solution. Natural disasters can wipe out entire facilities, so it is important to choose a provider (like Comtec) with multiple, geographically separated datacentres.

Bonus Features

As the majority of issues occur in the backup chain, it’s important to look for

a solution that addresses this. A solution like Datto  can help users look more closely at what’s happening between backups. Datto’s Inverse Chain Technology creates an optimal backup chain from scratch, and restores and virtualises every point. Additionally a Backup Insights feature (also offered by Datto) gives users the ability to see what’s happening in between backup points. Users can simply select two backup points and then move to see which file or application changes may have occurred between the two.

When selecting your backup and business continuity solution, keep in mind

the key elements you want to look for.  Highly reliable solutions will yield full backups in a smarter, storage-saving way, limit downtime, and offer strong functionality at all levels.

Contact Comtec today to discuss your needs  and migrate to a safer and easier system of maintaining your business operations, whatever happens.