Thinking about backups?

Thinking about backups are hard.  We offer a different way to think about it that may make it easier.

In a perfect world, backups would be done so often that it wouldn’t be possible to lose any information because you could just recover it from your backup. You could probably attempt to do something that closely approximates this. However, it would be cost prohibitive for regular people and businesses to do.

So in the real world, we have to make a choice on how often we do backups. Based on our experience, most people choose not to do any backups at all and hope for the best. Obviously that is a strategy but probably not a very good one when something does happen to your data.

I think everyone knows that they have to do a backup but they could so overwhelmed at just the thought of how do I do this that they don’t know where to start so they just give up.

It is usually easier to think of this in smaller steps like…

  • What do I want to backup?
    • Pictures
    • Documents
    • Financial information
  • Why do I want to back up this information? What sort of value do I place on it?
  • How often do I want to back it up?
    • Monthly
    • Weekly
    • Daily
    • Several times a day
  • How should I back it up?
    • To tape
    • To a CD
    • To a thumb drive
    • Online

Believe it or not, with the right tools, backups do not have to be hard or complicated. For a long time, we flew by the seat of my pants and hoped for the best because even for IT people backups are hard. However, in the back of our mind was this nagging feeling of dread of how bad it would be if all of our data was stolen, lost, or destroyed.  Now that we have a backup system that we know works really really well and is hassle free, it is such a relief to know that the information is backed up and lets us sleep better at night.

Wouldn't you like to have one less thing to worry about?  Contact us today.


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