Make these part of your backup plan for business data

Today’s mid-sized businesses are creating more data than ever. Their growth calls for more robust solutions to backup their business-critical data.  Due to limited financial and IT resources, it is crucial for SMBs to know exactly what to look for in a backup solution.

Comtec provides backup solutions to hundreds of UK organisations, working with the leading Datto_Elitemanufacturers including Datto where we are an Elite Partner.   In this blog, we outline the key criteria to keep in mind when seeking out total data protection.

First, it’s important to understand why backup is critical for an SMB. Successful backup is the foundation for disaster recovery and business continuity. Without it, recovery and continuity cannot exist. Technologies that were created decades ago to store data are simply not enough. Antiquated methods, like tape backup, aren’t going to ensure data retention and recovery during business critical time windows.

When choosing a backup solution, SMBs should lookout for the following 6 important criteria:

Comprehensiveness

Lots of lean, focused businesses do not have a dedicated IT department that can manage separate backup, recovery and business continuity solutions. So does the solution offered provide key functionality that is seamlessly integrated? A combination of on-premises and cloud-based services deliver the best total protection for businesses of all sizes, especially small businesses.

Ease of Use

When employees take on multiple roles at work, managing IT shouldn’t be one of them. Solutions that offer intelligent user interfaces and are supported by a qualified managed service provider are often the best choice to ensure minimal overheads.

Recoverability

Smaller organisations tend to carry less than a month of operating costs in cash, so downtime can quite literally ‘break the bank’. Instant recovery capabilities can remedy this. Hardware systems do sometimes fail, and at that point users can rely on instant virtualisation of failed systems. The strongest of providers will be able to convert a backup into a running system in a matter of seconds. In the event of natural disasters, complete system replication is necessary, which allows users a complete infrastructure to host their business on.

Performance & Reliability

It makes sense that quicker and more frequent backups limit data loss. So when selecting a reliable solution, choose one that performs backups very often. An ideal solution is incremental backup, where the technology adds what you’ve changed or deleted, rather than backing up the entire volume of data repeatedly. This adds to a solution’s ability to perform more quickly.

Affordability

With limited financial and technical resources, choosing a backup solution can be a trying task. Many opt for cheaper solutions, which allot them less functionality. Cheaper solutions can present a false economy – especially when the solution doesn’t deliver everything you needed to prevent downtime. It’s important to find the most cost-effective and affordable solution that doesn’t require sacrificing significant features and capabilities.

Scalability

You want to grow, right? With that will come the creation of more and more data. Alongside this growth is a need for more advanced backup and business continuity solutions. Selecting a provider who works with businesses of all sizes, promises you a bigger selection of products and services to meet their needs as they evolve.

Remember, finding the best backup and business continuity provider for your business is the first step to safeguarding your business’s data and future as a whole. Our best advice is to search for a provider that can grow with you while catering to your budget. Or, in other words, Comtec!