Are You Making These 3 Common And Costly Mistakes With Your Online Data Backups?

Offsite backups have been touted in the past few years as the answer to everyone’s bad habit of not doing backups. Once signed up for an online service it’s easy to ‘set it and forget it;’ but too many business owners don’t know what they are buying and end up paying a lot more than they should. They also end up shocked when they discover they weren’t backing up the right files or that they can’t restore the files as quickly as they had hoped.
If you want to make sure you don’t get burned by your online backup, avoid these 3 common mistakes:

Mistake #1: Not choosing an online backup service that offers a file versioning feature.

In the old days of tape backups when a proper tape rotation was used, it would be possible to go back to a specific version of a file from different time periods. In other words it was possible to restore a spreadsheet you worked on last night and three weeks ago.
Most online backup services only back up the last version of a file; so make sure you choose one that features file versioning and configure it for 60-90 days of versions on files that are frequently used.

Mistake #2: Backing up everything.

In most cases, only data files need to be backed up. Some business owners accidentally select their whole server and/or computer when beginning the process and end up paying to back up files and programs that do not need to be copied. This can lead to exponentially higher monthly charges with no added benefit. It’s often best to have a professional help you set up your backup criteria the first time to make sure you’re not missing files or data that might be buried a few levels deep—or backing up unnecessary files.

Mistake #3: Not having a local backup.

Online backup services are great as a daily backup and eliminate the headache of changing tapes, disks, etc. However, if you only have an online backup, it can take a few hours to a few days to fully download your data back onto your server. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have a current local backup using inexpensive hard disks or other mediums. Aside from being able to retrieve data a lot more quickly from your local backup, it can make the process of rebuilding an entire system a lot faster and less painful.

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Raffi got his first computer at the age of 7 when his dad brought home a Texas Instruments TI-99. In Jr. High, Raffi began exploring Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes) in the mid-80s and ran one with a few of his friends for a couple of years. Although he found out that being a computer nerd in the late 80s in High School was not in style, Raffi continued to pursue his hobbies.

In 1993, Raffi graduated with a B.S. in Computer and Systems Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and began working with Crestron Electronics as a Systems Engineer programming custom control systems for boardrooms, conference centers, education, medical facilities and arenas. His work in this area led him in 1995 to Chancellor Capital Management which was later purchased by INVESCO. Initially working as a help-desk technician and overnight job scripter, Raffi went on to become the Help Desk manager and later the Director of IT Infrastructure for New York. In 2006, Raffi left INVESCO to help start a boutique investment firm and in 2008, left to start Triada Networks.

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