Let’s say you are going on a long road trip. You want your music. You NEED your music. It’s stored, right? Even though it is 2013, most of your favorite, most important music is stored on cassette tapes and 8-track tapes. You are ready to roll!
Now, does something seem wrong with this picture? There IS something wrong with this picture. You are using ancient and fragile technology to save and listen to your music. In business, your data is much more important than music on a road trip. Having your data ready to access quickly and easily is crucial to your profits, your business’ livelihood both from a standpoint of revenue and profits, AND legal compliancy. Unfortunately, there are many small to medium-sized business owners who still rely on the “old-school” method of backing up data on TAPE, removing the tape at the end of the day and replacing it the following morning. This practice is not only outdated, it is detrimental to the life blood of your business and your data.
With compliance issues such as HIPPA in healthcare and SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley) in the financial worlds (just to name a couple) getting more and more stringent, not having a keen awareness of your data backup system, and not ensuring you have the very best protection can prove catastrophic to your business. Is the answer to go digital? Is the answer to go to the “Cloud?” It all depends on what type of business you have and how much difficulty you would have if poorly secured data were lost.
As with any other business decision, however, practice due diligence in making your decision. There are many IT companies out there with backup systems to sell – and while you can’t be over cautious, you can overspend.
One thing, however, is certain: using tape to back up your data is unreliable and outdated! So do not take the risk. Seek IT council and choose the best back-up system for your business.
It is a most worthy investment.
Dan Boon is a sales executive for A to Z Information Services in Norcross, GA. A to Z provides IT Management Services to Phone Systems to Cloud and Backup and Disaster Recovery Systems to clients throughout Atlanta and Georgia. The company has twice been recognized by Computer Reseller News as a NextGen 250 company for quality products and services. To learn more, call Dan at 770-664-6559 (x112) or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.