Data loss is inevitable. That’s the reality we face in the business world. You could lose data due to an accident. Or it might be caused by a lightning strike. Alternatively, you might lose data due to a hacking event. Yes, some processes and tools make these failures less likely to happen. All of those will help to limit the chance of suffering a loss. However, running a company without a robust backup is playing with fire. You probably have some backup process in place right now. In my experience, few IT leaders are happy with their backup solutions. In our research, here are some of the problems we have detected.
Do you have these problems with your company backups?
1. Traditional Backups are Inefficient
How many of your files do you change each day? It might only be 10% of the total. Yet, some backup solutions will copy everything every day. That approach takes a long time. Worse, it takes much bandwidth! Even if you run backups during the night, uploading terabytes daily when you should upload gigabytes is wasteful.
2. Backup Problems Are Only Detected When It Is Too Late.
Imagine one of your database developers runs an update, and it corrupts your entire production database. After the shock wears off, you are going to look for solutions. When you start to load in back up data, that’s when you find the ugly truth. Your latest database backup is more than a week old! That means lost revenue in the case of a customer database. It also means additional staff work effort to catch up.
3. Limited Support For Microsoft Applications
Imagine losing all of your Office 365 data later today. All of your Excel files – gone. All of your company emails and calendars in Exchange – gone. Your employees use these Microsoft tools for hours every day. Given how valuable that data is to your company, why take any risks with it? Microsoft data – especially Exchange and Office 365 – are complex! It is easy for backups to become corrupt or otherwise unusable. That’s all too possible with general-purpose backup solutions.
4. Complex Pricing
Technology products are known for complex pricing. Some banks may spend months negotiating a contract! That level of complexity may make sense for the world’s largest companies. If you have a few dozen employees, it is a different story. You need simple contracts and pricing that you can model in Excel.
5. Time Consuming Backup Process
Managing the entire backup lifecycle is time-consuming. You need to identify which data to backup. You then need to perform the backup or run it on a schedule. After all that, you need to check if the backup process unfolded correctly. Verifying the quality of backup data takes a long time.
6. The SaaS Dilemma
Do you want an entire archive of your company data stored in the cloud? Some backup solutions give you no choice in the matter. In contrast, older technology requires you to spend heavily on hardware to build onsite data centers. The data center solution means substantial costs continue for operations on an ongoing basis. There is a way out of this problem. Choose a backup solution that empowers you with flexibility.