Data backup is one of those important but not urgent business requirements and therefore is often overlooked. It does not cause the phone to ring, bring in a new customer or directly add to the profit line, although it is an underpinning foundation of business success.
Prevention is of course better than cure, although following on from implementing an effective backup solution, is the question as to how can data be recovered when the unthinkable happens. Fortunately recovery rates are good, with a number of “data recovery solutions” detailed on the preferred solutions, although this final option should never be relied upon.
Small Business data backup solutions do not need to be expensive and each business will have different requirements. On-line backups often provide a low cost automated solution, complete with regular email confirmations, without the need to purchase additional hardware or media.
However the manual approach also works well where one person takes on the overall responsibility and where a user friendly procedure is in place. For larger volumes of data, a high capacity tape drive is often the most viable way forward, providing the data and backup logs are checked on a regular basis.