It now seems difficult to imagine a time before how we back-up today, with cloud storage, to terabyte external hard drives, to pocket-sized USB drives. Only a century ago, data back-ups were still literally hard copies of information transcribed on paper..
From here we have gone through many changes, firstly transporting to the 50’s & 60’s where punch cards were the industry standard. These were a sheet of paper lined with dots literally punched out that stored computer commands or data, with this being an incredibly slow process. The beginning of data backups made technological advanced leaps forward with magnetic that tape took over during the ‘60s and is still around today.
Moving to the 70’s & 80’s, the floppy disk was born and became ever present for many of us. In the early 70’s the floppy disk entered the marketplace as an exclusive data storage component for IBM systems, with other companies following suit a short while later. The disk began at a large 8-inch size, before shrinking to the 3.5 inches we all have come to know. Not only did the physical size change, the storage increased from 80kB to 250Mb.
In the 90’s the compact disc (CD) came into our lives and provided an alternative to floppy disks, allowing companies such as Microsoft & Adobe to supply their software on one CD, instead of dozens floppy disks. CD’s were followed up by recordable CDs & re-writeable CDs, then by the mid-90’s by DVD’s. DVD’s were capable of holding as much as 4Gb of data and introducing the world of optical disc technology, which still continues today with Blu-ray discs.
Bringing us into the 21st century and modern era, here came USB keys and external hard drives, which both have grown is storage capacity. It’s rare to find USB keys today that don’t hold multiple gigabytes and external hard drives holding multiple terabytes. Whilst local storage devices will remain for some time yet, cloud storage/online backup is here and will be the future for everyone…
The history of the back-up is very impressive, but what does this actually mean to you? How is your company data currently being backed up? When your files and folders are saved locally, you have a quite high risk of losing them. Imagine hard disk failure, computer viruses, thefts, fire and flooding accidents, deleting files by accident or overwriting them unwillingly. If you have no back-ups, you will lose your valuable data forever. Having data backup and keeping it in remote location gives you security, and you will not lose your important data due to a sudden, unexpected event. Most companies are unclear what is best for them, so here are some questions and answers about online back-ups.
What is Online Back-up?
This is where data from your computer/server hard drive is copied across to a remote server or computer using a secure network or online connection. Online back-up solutions utilise the Internet and cloud technology to provide remote data storage solution with a minimal hardware requirement.
Is Online Back-up Safe?
The best online data back-up providers offer twice as secure encryption as the leading payment gateways. If you trust PayPal and Amazon with encryption technology, the leading online backup services are offering even more secure solutions.
What To Back-up?
Deciding precisely what data to back up is a question that everyone should ask themselves. Too many companies are running regular back-ups, but never verify if the back is actually working or what is being backed up. If you are running a data only back-up, you will unlikely be able to rebuild your full systems if the hardware was no longer usable! You should have a full system back-up of your data and infrastructure that will enable you rebuild your entire system, in the event of a site/system disaster.
When To Back-up?
Backup frequency is largely dependent on how vital it is to the running of your business and the financial implications of being without it. We believe a minimum of a daily back-up is required, as you are only as good as your last back-up.
Cloud Back-up Systems
There are a various options now available to you, which are scalable to suite the requirements of your business requirements. Discuss with TechTeam to find out what would be best for you!