4 Things to Look for in an Online Backup Service

Posted: July 3, 2012 in Growing your Business
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Learn the technology you need to put your business into a path for smoother data backup plans.

For small business, data backup is essential. Unfortunately, a lot of small business owners and small-time entrepreneurs forget about its importance, and continue to add more documents into their digital stockpiles. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, an American adult store about 1,800 digital files on average. Where do you store these files safely? What happens when your computer hardware crashes? Do you have an online backup storage?

As services become robust enough to handle commercial networks, more and more businesses are considering online backup services for their important data. But there are a few things that you need to consider before this huge leap.

Security. Find a provider that is able to offer you comprehensive information about how information is transferred to and from the storage site. Know how the physical location of their servers are being secured, managed, and maintained. Browse online backup service reviews for reputable companies that include access-control standards and strong file encryption features.

Availability. Determine how long it takes to restore files if data gets lost and the different availability levels for different kinds of multimedia files. It is important to know how long you will get your crucial business data online after a system failure.

Service level agreements. How fast do vendors process your restoration requests? Make sure you get this in writing as well.

Financial liability. Make sure you know what is at stake. Know the financial implications for data loss if the backup service is corrupted.

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