How Often Should You Backup Data?

By November 6, 2018 Data Backup, IT


In this digital age, the idea of backing up data should be a no-brainer. Everything we do, the business we transact, our communications – all of it is data on someone’s server. And if you own a business, or are responsible for a business’s data management, a backup plan is critical to the long-term health of your organization. In fact, statistics show that 60 percent of small businesses would be forced to shut down within six months in the event of significant data loss.

Data storage and recovery aren’t second nature – data management practices are so bad that there is an official “World Backup Day” organization. According to the group’s website, 30 percent of people have never backed up their data, and more than 113 phones are stolen or lost every minute. While 29 percent of data loss disasters are caused inadvertently, 1 in 10 computers are infected with viruses each month. While these statistics include a mix of personal and business devices, in today’s increasingly mobile workforce, there is overlap in the two, and poor data management practices in the workplace leave your organization vulnerable across all spectrums. So the question at this point isn’t whether or not to backup your data, but how often.

The Work You Do Determines Your Backup Strategy

As cloud computing is leveraged by more businesses and service providers, the process of data backup has moved out of the office server closet and offsite to scalable solutions. As methods of backing up data advance, and more of the process becomes automated, organizations can focus the backup process more on the types of data generated and the frequency it is generated to guide their strategy.

Informing this process is whether or not the data generated changes infrequently, requiring at a minimum daily backups. Constantly shifting data, such as that generated by accounting or financial work, requires a more rigorous backup schedule, upwards of several times a day. Other sorts of data generated by projects and production cycles requires backups to be scheduled in ways that allow the most up-to-date project information to be captured without interrupting the project work cycle.

Partner Up With Care and Get the Protection You Need

Regardless of your business or what sort of data you generate, you need to ensure your backup strategy is one that both protects and preserves your data by adhering to the highest standards of encryption  and by providing systems that guarantee the integrity of your data. The systems where your data are stored offsite require constant monitoring to ensure the data remains viable. As a service provider, Ambit IT, LLC works with clients to provide cloud based IT services, including managed data backup services, to ensure clients will be able to operate at speed without worrying about the data they rely on to be successful.

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