No matter the size of your business, having a strategy for data backup is important. Recreating data is expensive—accounting data recreation alone can cost you thousands of dollars. Here are a few questions to help you assess your backup strategy plan:
• What is your current backup strategy?
• What software and hardware do you use for backup?
• What type of backups do you perform?
• Do you store your backup at your office or offsite?
• Who is responsible for monitoring backups?
• What about technical support?
• Have you every tested a restore?
• Is there a recovery procedure or disaster plan in place?
Some offices may feel secure with their backup strategy, but if you are using tape drives, you should probably consider an upgrade. For one user, you may consider a service like OneDrive that syncs your local files across folders on multiple devices as well in the cloud. You can also share files with other OneDrive users. Want something a bit more robust with an external device? Check out Space Monkey. It comes with a 1 TB (terabyte) drive and cloud storage.
Perhaps you need greater collaboration among your colleagues, consider Egnyte's Office Local Cloud that provides network attached storage and a cloud server.
Regardless of your choice, it is important to have a backup strategy in place to save your farm office time and money.
The opinions of Jessica Michael are not necessarily those of Farm Futures or the Penton Farm Progress Group.