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Online Data Storage Can Save Your Business if Disaster Strikes

Aug 27, 2007
Suppose for a moment that you get up tomorrow, go to your business's building, and find out that your building has burned to the ground overnight. While I sincerely hope this doesn't happen to you, it does happen to thousands of people in the United States, each and every year.

Next time you watch the news and there is a story about a building burning down, think for a moment what you would do if that were your building or your house. Are you prepared in case it happens to you? Do you have a plan of how you would recover after a major disaster?

One of the most valuable assets most businesses have in today's modern economy is their electronic data. This includes financial information, contacts, e-mail messages, documents, spreadsheets, databases, and so much more.

If your building burned down tonight, do you have a disaster recovery plan in place so that you would be able to recover all of your vital electronic data?

All companies should have a disaster recovery plan in place. You should be able to go to bed each night with the knowledge that you could recover from even the worst disaster if it were to happen as you slept.

One of the best things you can do with your electronic information is to make sure it is backed up at least once each day. Your backup tapes should then be stored offsite in case something happens to your building.

Generally, it is a good idea to run a backup job each night and then on Mondays take your backup tapes to your offsite. Once you have a few weeks worth of tapes offsite, then you will want to rotate them back into use, using the oldest one first.

Recently, online data storage services have come onto the marketplace offering you the ability to backup onto their servers for safe keeping. You connect to their servers through a secure and encrypted Internet connection, and then upload your files. This allows you to have an offsite, online backup copy of your data, without having to transport tapes back and forth.

Most online data storage providers allow you to connect your servers to their servers overnight and automatically run backup jobs. This allows you to complete your online backup jobs when no one is using your servers, and when no one is in the building.

They also allow you to complete non-scheduled jobs. You would use this service if you are working on a PC or server and want to archive somewhere just in case it crashes from the work.

In the past, online data storage was only available to large organizations with tons of data. However, today even a home-based business can use online backup.

The costs for the service are very reasonable and nothing is better than knowing that your data is safe and secure should something bad happen.
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Secure your business's electronic data with online data storage Global Data Vault has a backup solution to help you protect your data, avoid downtime, and prevent revenue loss. Online at http://www.globaldatavault.com.
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