Whether you are an entrepreneur, the owner of a small business or the manager of an already established brand, you are aware of the benefits that ITMA services give you when compared to traditional break/fix IT support. There is, however, an addition concern you should keep in mind when choosing a managed IT provider: data recovery.
What Is Data Recovery and How Does It Help You Succeed?
Data recovery, in its simplest form, is easy to understand in terms of value. CEOs and business managers use data recovery to hedge against the possibility of disastrous data loss. Whether your company works in the tech sector or in a traditional field, the importance of your data cannot be overestimated. Everything from customer data to your income statements and tax records are likely to be contained on a hard disk somewhere in your network. If an unexpected power outage or other disastrous event makes that data inaccessible, you could find yourself facing insurmountable losses.
A simple way to enjoy the benefits of data recovery is to keep local backups of important information. If you copy your data once a week to an external hard drive and keep the drive safe, you will always have that data available. The problem with this approach is that the data is not easily accessible and the recovery process is not a smooth one. Should disaster strike, you will still be faced with losses stemming from decreased productivity and the loss of your most recent records. This is why you should hire a managed IT service to provide you with a comprehensive data recovery strategy.
Modern, Comprehensive Data Recovery Strategies
To enjoy the benefits that data recovery offers without having to lose time, money and energy implementing an inefficient strategy, use a managed IT service that provides data recovery services automatically. For example, this could be in the form of constant server backups, vulnerability metrics and regular audits. With a comprehensive strategy in place, you can save your company’s data from being lost, and also get your network running smoothly in a short time following a disaster.
Reputable providers of managed IT services understand the need for robust data recovery methods. One of the keys to forming a strategy is understanding the causes of data loss. There are four major categories of data loss that your network should be protected against:
- Human Error—This type of loss occurs when an employee mistakenly deletes an important file or loses a USB flash drive that carried information. It may also be caused by improper database management.
- Cyber Crime—Everything from hacking attempts, corporate espionage and data thievery falls into this category.
- Random Causes—Unexpected power loss, software glitches and hardware failures may cause you to lose data. Because these occurrences cannot be predicted, they are described as random.
- Natural Disasters—Floods, fires, earthquakes and tornadoes fall into this category. These are major events that can destroy data and physical property as well. While a typical insurance policy will cover the physical damages of a natural disaster, it will not cover the loss in data that could be far more valuable, depending on your business infrastructure.
A managed IT provider will have data recovery systems in place that mitigate the risk of each data loss type described above. A secure, combined service will provide your business with a strategy for recovering your data despite any conceivable obstacle.
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