It is extremely important that you protect you valuable data. This includes, but is not limited to creating a backup up your data on a regular basis.

To determine the best and most effective way to protect your data, the first step is to determine what data you need to protect, then what events you want to protect yourself against and then finally how much data could you afford to loose in the event of a disaster.

  1. Data - You must first determine what files you need to protect. Do you have QuickBook or Peachtree Accounting databases? Other business application databases? Folders containing your important files? You email? Determining what you need to protect is the first step.

  2. Threats - You need to protect your data from loss due to hardware failures. You may also need to protect you data from loss due to theft/accident. You need to identify all the various senarios that you want to protect against. Starting at a hard drive failure all the way to a complete loss of equipment due to an office fire.

  3. Loss threshold - Can you survive if you lost an hour's worth of work? How about a day's worth? Or a week's worth, or a month?
Backing up your files every day to the same hard drive won't offer you much protection. Backing up your files to tape or CD won't protect you if you keep them next to the computer or server. There is no way to protect your data from 100% of all that could go wrong, but using a combination of different methods you can effectively protect yourself from all reasonable threats. At the very least we recommend backing up all you data on a weekly basis, and then keeping a copy of that backup offsite. Give us a call and we can help you determine your best data protection strategy.

If you don't have a backup of your data and have a CD burner, you can start right now by copying some of your important data files to a CD. Click here for more information.

For a more complete list of different backup types and media, click here.

It doesn't matter how advanced technology gets, always remember the old saying:
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".

©2009 Outer Limits Consulting