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So, you’re following the 3-2-1 data backup strategy, and you’ve got it nicely ticking away in-house. No error messages mean no problem, right? No error messages mean no problem, right?

Erm… probably not, actually!!

58% of businesses have no backup plan for data loss*, so by turning your attention to it, you’re at least ahead of those who choose to bury their head in the sand. However, just because you have a backup plan, doesn’t necessarily mean it would be effective or provide full disaster recovery if you needed it.

Data threats are evolving all the time; as the technology to protect IT develops, hackers will continue to learn new ways to find a Trojan horse.

So, if you only tested your backup plan when you created it 6 months ago, you’re unlikely to be as protected as you think you are. Testing your backup system thoroughly and regularly is absolutely essential, if you are to guarantee that it’s robust enough to withstand the changing pace of threat agents.

Consider how often Windows run software updates. This should give you an idea of how often new security patches are released and the speed at which malware can adapt.

By not making regular checks to your data backup system, you are putting your business at risk.

Backup testing should be performed at least once a quarter, as well as whenever there is a major hardware or software change. Neglect to do this and you’ll be leaving disaster recovery to complete chance.

In addition, testing backup and restoration is recommended whenever changes are made to an application, as well as when data generated by an application alters; not to mention every time a new application is installed.

If you think this sounds like a lot of work – that’s because it is. If you don’t already have an in-house IT expert, you’ll need one; and even if you hire a team of IT pros, it’s going to cost them a lot of time in order to do a thorough job.

After all, it’s not just running the test and restoration process, (which will be extremely time-consuming when done in full) it’s fixing any bugs that you stumble upon along the way.

In addition, a full test of backup and restoration will give your business a realistic idea of how long the process takes. You might know how much data is stored in your back-up, but can you accurately predict how long it’ll take to restore it again? You might get an unpleasant surprise if it’s several days longer than you assumed.

When you consider the significant costs involved, backing up data in-house becomes less and less appealing.

The hardware itself is a very expensive setup, let alone the maintenance, energy and other running costs.

Unfortunately, there’s no sensible option to only do half the job. If you don’t ensure that your backup and restoration process is providing perfect quality, it’s not going to protect you from viruses or malware; and at that point, every penny you spent on the process is a waste.

By using Innovate’s range of Continuous cloud services for external cloud backup and restoration, your disaster recovery plan will be reliably tested, for a fraction of the cost of doing so in-house.

Our backup and restoration processes are tested every day, as well as saving multiple versions of your files. In addition, we run frequent penetration tests, so we can guarantee 100% uptime; no matter what hackers are attempting, our servers are maintained 24 hours a day to withstand it.

These tests are documented for your use, so you can always be confident that your backup and disaster recovery plan will be available when you need it.

Completely flexible in regard to service requirements and the cost therein, you only need to pay for the data storage that you need; and if those requirements go up or down, this can easily be amended, along with the price. It’s far easier – and cheaper – than buying hardware and attempting to scale it up or down yourself; you’ll only end up losing money.

Outsourcing your backup and disaster recovery to an expert like Innovate, at a fraction of the cost, simply makes business sense.

Contact our experts and discover true data backup harmony today.

[* – Small Business Trends Survey]