SMB Backup and Data Protection – Features You Need

Now that you know what to look for when selecting backup solutions, we’ll dive deeper into the technologies and features that add to more complete solutions. When it comes to total data protection, SMBs should be on the lookout for these features to ensure their data is not only backed up but available in the case of a potential disaster.

PROOF OF BACKUP

It’s not enough to put a technology in place and assume it’s always working in the background. With any sophisticated technology, there are potential points of failure. An intelligent business continuity service should offer automated assurance to ensure that systems are always bootable and provide screenshot verification.

IMAGE-BASED BACKUP

This feature serves as the backbone of a system and adds significant usability in disaster scenarios. With image-based backup users no longer have to pick and choose wich files are backed up or worry about saving the most recent draft to the shared/backup folder. A picture of the workstation or server is taken and stored as a place in time for that machine. This is essential for restoration because rebuilding or virtualizing a machine requires not just files, but also the applications and systems.

VIRTUALIZATION

Virtualization refers to the process around creating a virtual version of something. In the case of business continuity, this would likely be servers, devices, applications or entire networks. The virtualized versions act completely independently from the physical devices. This feature keeps businesses functions when the physical devices fail, minimizing downtime.

SECURE STORAGE

Keeping your data secure, whether it be personal or business, is hugely important when selection a backup solution. Natural disasters can wipe out entire facilities, so it is important to choose a provider with multiple, geographically separated data centers.

BONUS FEATURES

As a majority of the issues occur in the backup chain, it’s important to look for a solution that addresses this. A solution like Datto can help users look more closely at what’s happening between backups. Inverse Chain Technology -TM- creates an optimal backup chain from scratch, and restores and virtualizes every point. Additional a Backup Insights feature (also offered by Datto) gives users the ability to see what’s happening in between backup points. Users can simply select two backup points and then move to see which file or application changes may have occurred between the two.

 

When selecting your backup and business continuity solution keep in mind the key elements you want to look for. Highly reliable solutions will yield full backups in a smarter, storage-saving way, limit downtime, and offer strong functionality at all levels. It is important to keep in mind your companies long-term goals. If you are growing at a healthy pace, search for a provider that can grow with you while catering to your budget. Remember, finding the best backup and business continuity provider for your business is the first step to safeguarding your business’s data and future as a whole.

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