Backups

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Backups

Backups

Backups provide a copy of a system, program, or data so that, should anything happen, the system can be restored with minimal loss. Managers and staff should protect their data so that the company does not lose valuable information or time reconstructing work.

Backups protect a person from consequences related to:

  1. Corrupted files.
  2. Files that are accidentally deleted.
  3. Dying computer hard drives.
  4. Data that has become inaccessible.
  5. Phones, tablets, and laptops that are lost, stolen, or broken.

There are different types of backups. They include:

  1. Full system backups that include everything on the hard drive.
  2. Partial backups that include only that data that changed since the previous backup.
  3. Data backups that include only data of a specified type or in specified locations.

Backups can be performed on any storage device, including

  1. Servers.
  2. Workstations.
  3. Thumb drives.
  4. Phones.

Backups should be kept in locations that are accessible. Many backups are kept on:

  1. Company backup servers.
  2. Portable hard drives.
  3. "Cloud" servers.
  4. Peripherals and portable media, such as thumb drives.
  5. Peer-to-peer data sharing systems.

Peer-to-peer systems store copies of shared data on multiple workstations. If one computer loses the data, it can be retrieved upon connection with a team computer.

The choice of backup types and backup locations may be dictated by company IT policies. Regardless, mobile employees should have systems in place for backing up their data often, and have easy and quick access to the backed up data.

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