Advantages of Remote Back-up

Losing critical company data to a computer failure can spell the end of your company if it has not been properly backed-up. If you can’t recover your company files, the chances are that your company won’t recover either, therefore regular and reliable backups are essential in the day to day running of a business.

Back-ups can take the form of being remote or on site, and can be performed manually or automatically. Wherever you chose to store your data, automatic back-ups can be the most reliable in that they take away all responsibility from employees. Any system that relies on people can be unreliable – sooner or later people are going to forget.

Remote back-up solutions have a number of advantages. Firstly, they eliminate the need for tape systems, which can be difficult and time consuming to recover data from and also rely on people remembering to change the tape and store it offsite. Remote back-up systems, such as those supplied by ITSP, do this for you automatically and can be used within your company’s Business Continuity Plan.

These systems can also be personalised so that they perform a back-up at regular intervals that are suitable for the individual company, whether this is daily or hourly. This automatic procedure means that you will have access to the latest version of files your business needs, which further reduces the recovery time from a disaster.

Offsite storage can be beneficial in that, should your place of work become inaccessible, your business can continue to function using data recovered offsite.  Most back-up solutions allow the user to access their stored files from anywhere providing they have an internet connection.

Summary of Remote Back-up Advantages

  • Files stored offsite
  • Automatic back-up at designated times, some systems work continuously as data is changed
  • No need to rely on people and tape storage
  • Unlimited file storage on the cloud
  • Data stored securely in encrypted formats

The Benefits of Outsourcing Your IT

Small and medium sized businesses have as much of a need for reliable IT systems as large businesses, however often have much less of a budget to work with. This means that IT technicians, up to date software and data protection can often be neglected in favour of internal projects. Outsourcing IT to an external provider, such as ITSP, is becoming a more widely used option and can greatly reduce these problems.

An external IT technician will be able to do all the tasks of an in house technician, but at a fraction of the cost. Whether you work on a pay monthly contract, or a Pay As You Go basis the chances are that it will work out far cheaper than employing a full time in house IT technician who will often not be needed all the time in a small business. Another benefit is that you will have the support of a specialist who actually knows what they’re talking about, which can mean a problem is solved within minutes as opposed to the hours you could spend trying to diagnose it.

Some companies are reluctant to invest in outsourced IT but if and when a major problem occurs, as it most likely will to all businesses at some point, it is far safer to have an expert to resolve the issue and keep the business running with minimal disruption than waste time and lose money by not having the adequate support available.