Backup Solutions for Small Businesses: Why it’s Better to Leave it to the Professionals


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For most businesses these days, their organisation and income is heavily centralised around data – in the form of documents, images, videos etc. Without this data, a company that was once flourishing, would easily crumble and be forced to shut its doors. If you’ve gone through the ordeal of losing all your work in one miss-click or one power trip, you’ll now how frustrating it is to have to start over. But imagine this on a larger scale – all data within your company simply vanishes! This can, and has happened to a number of South African companies – don’t let it happen to yours. There are many backup solutions for small businesses, and we strongly suggest you explore yours together with a professional IT service provider.

Here are a few reasons why we suggest you enlist expert help:

Backups are Always Prioritised and Never Forgotten

As a business owner, there are always a million things on your to-do list and many items on the list can fall to the wayside, including data backups. By outsourcing backup services, you’ll ensure that backups are scheduled in regularly, keeping your latest documents safe and sound.

You Save Time

When you leave data backups in professional hands, you don’t have to take time out of your day to focus on something that’s not your specialty. Professionals can backup your data much quicker than you can. Plus, they can quickly restore data, so that when your systems go down, your business can continue to run as normal.

You Pay Less

IT professionals have access to a sea of storage options that are way more affordable. You don’t have to pay ridiculous prices for storage and hardware when outsourcing.

Your Data Is Stored in a Safe Location

A lot of SMEs may decide to purchase external hard drives to backup their data. However, this puts your data at risk in a number of ways. For example, you are vulnerable to hardware failure or accidental damage and are also at risk of theft. IT experts can ensure that your data is stored in a separate and safe location, leaving you less exposed to common risks. They can also take advantage of cloud computing which has loads of storage and ensures business continuity with the way that it stores data.

Your Data is Kept Safe from Cyber Crime

IT professionals know how to backup your data in a secure way, ensuring it is encrypted, is password protected, and has two-factor authentication enabled. Every measure put in place to ensure secure backups leaves you less vulnerable to corporate espionage, disgruntled staff using confidential information against you, and ransomware (where you are not able to access the files you need to run your business until you pay a ransom fee).

You’ll Have Monthly Reports and a Data Backup Plan

Outsourced IT service providers, such as ourselves, offer businesses monthly backup reports that are extremely transparent in that they tell you how safe your data really is. We will also set a transparent backup recovery process and plan in place for you, so you know exactly what you need to do when things go wrong.

So, there you have it – the reasons you should consider outsourcing your data backups include enhanced security, saving time, saving money, never forgetting to schedule a backup in, and accessing monthly reports that give you peace of mind.

Stratus IT helps find the best backup solutions for small businesses, solutions that meet their needs and budget. If you’re considering using professional backup services, then you can always call us, explaining your needs, and we’ll get back to you with a quote.

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