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How to Get Back Up When Data Goes Down

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on February 13, 2009

Small businesses are the lifeblood of this economy. The amount of time, money, and resources small business owners invest in their ventures to make them successful is incalculable. What is calculable is the fact that when man-made or natural disasters strike, companies that are not able to resume operations within 10 days are not likely to survive.

In an emergency situation, the first priority is always the safety and well-being of employees. Beyond the plans to protect human life, a growing number of small business owners are moving their disaster recovery strategies off the back burner and taking another look at protecting their data assets.

Experts agree that the best strategies include an online backup solution. For small businesses to protect data assets, it is important that the solution include the following:

• In case of fire, flood or other disaster, off-site data storage is a must.
• At least 128-SSL bit encryption should be employed to protect your critical data during transit.
• One of the problems with manual updates is that people forget. With automated, scheduled backups, there is no forgetting.

For small business owners, being prepared with the right resources to guard against data loss can mean the difference between staying down and staying in business after a disaster.

Matt Peterson
Provo, Utah

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