What to Include in Your SMB Data Backup Process

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How to Start the Data Backup and Recovery Process

This process starts with the initial replication of all your company’s data, including the files, emails, and databases on all your workstations, network storage appliances, and servers. After this initial full backup, subsequent backups only contain data that has changed since the previous version. 

This process will result in time, storage, and bandwidth savings, compared to regularly running full backups.


Internet/Email/Data Protocols 

Policies and protocols that dictate behavior regarding your company’s networks, emails, and data will reduce the likelihood of abuse. This should also lower the likelihood of theft, malware infection, and other dangers to the data.


Employee Training Programs 

Most employees will not understand standard data backup and recovery protocols, so we suggest training programs. Training should be conducted for new employees and then updates whenever changes occur to the organization’s data process.


Backup & Recovery Testing 

These should occur on a quarterly basis. A good practice is to review all policies on an annual basis so that they are up to date in modern data backup and recovery practices. If your organization lacks the resources to handle IT projects or simply needs additional resources, consider our Managed IT services.


Is It Possible to Lose Data Using Cloud Backups? 

In short, yes. Data in the cloud is still on hardware that can fail and in data centers that can mismanage. Simple problems like an employee accidentally deleting a file from cloud storage do happen and can be restored. But, after a set period, those files are removed from cloud storage recycle bins and are lost forever.

Rather than just assuming “the cloud” is safe,  it’s best to employ cloud-to-cloud backup solutions. A product like Datto will backup and store your current cloud data and another cloud server, a.k.a double-redundancy.