Data backup is an essential function for every business. So how do you choose the right backup provider for your organization? Here is a guide to help you decide.
Data backup – the process of copying or archiving files so they can be restored in case of data loss – should be an essential part of any organization’s disaster recovery plan. Yet, research from last year found that almost four million UK businesses could be at risk of losing their data due to inadequate, or even non-existent, backup practices. This is a worrying statistic given that organizations today are generating, gathering and storing greater volumes of data than ever before. If these data are lost, stolen, or compromised, it would greatly impact on their ability to continue operating.
At the same time, legislation such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires businesses to be capable of recalling data at the click of a button, or face a hefty fine – in short, backing data up is a ‘must have’ rather than a ‘nice to have’. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) agrees – advising organizations of all sizes to regularly backup their data to ensure quick recovery in the event of a disaster, and to also protect from ransomware and malware attacks.
For those seeking a backup solution, there are many vendors to choose from, though this can make it difficult for IT Decision Makers (ITDMs) to know which one best meets their needs.