Remote Data Storage for Small Business

By: Roland Jefferson

Big business has been using remote data storage since they began using computers. However, until recently the remote data storage companies have been priced out of the range of small business. New technology has changed that. As small businesses have changed from paper files to digital files, the costs for backing them up in another location have come down dramatically. The need for data backup is evident, since crashes of hard drives and servers can destroy vitally important records. Natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and floods can bring a business down. The ability to recreate its records and information can be the difference between recovering the business and losing it.

At Home and Away

As information and technology become more important to every kind of business, the ability to protect both becomes more important as well. In the past, a couple of secretaries and some file cabinets were all that were needed to maintain and retrieve any information needed to carry on a business. Today, the growing amounts of information needed and the demand for instant retrieval make digital storage a given. While data stored digitally is more convenient and easy to use, it is also harder to care for. The safety of this valuable material is usually in the hands of a team of technicians who have to make backups, keep the storage technology going, and recreate the data in case of a loss. Outsourcing this important job is often the best answer.

By using remote data storage, the decisions on storage and encryption are left to experts without adding the cost of an expert to the bottom line. The machinery that stores all of the business's information is also not an extra cost to the business owner, but is included in the service. Best of all, remote data storage means automatic backups. No technician has to stay until 2 a.m. to run updates and store the tapes in a safe place. Data downloads are set up to take place automatically. And the remote data storage company can employ experts to keep the information safe from hackers and others. All this can give you peace of mind in knowing that any disaster that might strike the business office will not affect the place where the backups are stored. The cost of recreating the data files is also usually included in the yearly cost, instead of becoming another large expense following a disaster.

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