Over the years, almost every type of business and industry, including the proverbial “mom and pop shops” utilize some sort of technology, from a Point of Sale solution to a data center.
Data is, by far, the most important piece of your business. In decades past, that data used to be in the format of paper and ledgers. Now it’s almost always in an electronic format, sitting on a server or PC. In the event of a disaster, such as hardware failure, building catastrophe, theft, etc., are you able to restore that missing data? The loss of your data, which may contain such critical information such as client files, accounting information, personnel files, etc., can almost never be recreated. And the loss of such data can put a company out of business.
Every business should have a plan for backing up their business information, and a plan to restore in the event that it becomes necessary to do so. There are many different ways to do so, from simple plans as backing up to an external hard drive and taking offsite, to a complex SAN (Storage Area Network) that automatically sends data to an offsite location (commonly referred to as “cloud”). There is a solution for everyone – the most important thing is that one is implemented. Look at a backup solution as insurance. It’s always better to never need it, but critical to have in case you ever do!