Top Tips: Safeguard Against Risks to Data Storage

5 top tips on how a business can prepare and proactively safeguard against risks to its data storage.

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Jonathan shares his top tips on how a business can prepare and proactively safeguard against risks to its data storage.

1.        Hope for the best, prepare for the worst
It pays to have a safety net in place, so make sure you look at creating a full backup facility for all of your data and save it regularly. The regularity will depend on how you run your business, but the core advantage remains the same – you will be safe in the knowledge that restoration in the event of data loss will enable business to carry on with minimal disruption.

SMBs can also utilise data snapshot technology which offers a read-only image of a document, frozen at a specific time. These can be carried out hourly or daily, and are fast becoming an essential part of the day-to-day running of many businesses.

2.        Backup your backup
Never have just one copy of anything, but ensure you have a contingency plan in place should your primary backup fail. How many backups you need is at your own discretion, but remember that the more backups you have equals more protection. This might sound overkill and expensive but cloud-based replication technology can enable data sets to be easily maintained and replicated in multiple locations. This is also of great benefit to ensure protection of data from remote or branch office locations, speeding up restore and recovery times.

3.        Data drills
Only 63% of small businesses complete data recovery testing on an annual basis, compared to 82% of enterprises. It is good practice to conduct a fire drill, so why not schedule time for a data drill? Having a recovery strategy mapped out and rehearsed means your staff can react proactively. It will also enable you to give your customers reassurance that it will quickly be business as usual soon in the wake of an incident.

4.        Seek advice from experts on the best solution for you
Growing businesses require advanced and easy to use solutions for centralising, securing and controlling access to their digital assets. For many businesses, time spent on problem solving and second guessing what storage methods you should have will take time and effort away from the core objective of growing the business. Be sure to approach a trusted source for advice on what solution best suits the needs of your business when you come to making an investment.

5.        Keep up with the latest data revolutions
While data storage technologies have evolved dramatically over the past decade, data also continues to evolve and there is still more for SMBs to do to catch up. It is likely your business data is your world, and despite the widespread belief that data protection and storage can be a time consuming exercise, protecting your data has never been more important. Save your data – it may one day save your business.


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