Data Backup & Recovery: The Pros and Cons of Common Options
Working in the web design industry has you in charge of dozens, if not hundreds, of valuable resources from site templates to premium plugins. These resources are built over a number of years; they required a great deal of effort to collect or develop.
The last issue you want to face when you’re in the middle of a web development project is to see your collection of resources wiped out from user error, cyber attack, or Web service hiccup.
Data backup is one of those areas of business investments you never want to do too late. Each major flavor of data backup has their pros and cons; at the end of the day, however, you’ll be glad you would have chosen at least one of these options.
I would recommend that you start using a local service to take care of your needs — in my case, I chose a Toronto data recovery service that I could get in touch with quickly and have access to their services on site for my work.
Having professionals local means quick response, which can be all the difference when you’re in the middle of a project or operating a site that conducts sales.
If you happen to move away from the location you may want to switch services, which can pose a bit of a hassle and need to have a company work with another which could cause some tension depending on the professional nature of the two.
Cloud Based Solutions
Cloud based solution are often the first to come to mind because files can be easily packaged and sent off to an external location through just a handful of clicks. There are numerous free and paid services your business can use for data backup and recovery depending on the subscription.
Data is backed up off-site which helps prevent loss in the event of physical disaster. Backups can be scheduled to prevent a lapse in policy. Data can be quickly acquired when needed.
Data is still going into the hands of a third party which, despite all trust, one may still have trouble completely accepting especially because some are frequently targeted by malicious individuals.
External Drives (and Media)
Local backups or at least those you are doing on-site are well worth the effort because at least the data is going somewhere other than staying on the main system(s).
External drives (and media) can come into play a few different ways:
- Do a complete mirroring/raid of the hard drive for easy backups.
- Copy the most important files to a flash drive for portability.
- Burn copies of files/folders to disc media.
- (Surprisingly) Tape drives still are a viable option.
Hardware has moving parts so it’s only natural that over time they will fail. It’s also easy to forget to do backups or accidentally overwrite files if you are doing so manually with your physical media.
The best approach to keeping files safe and easily accessible is to utilize all three options. Begin with a physical backup of important files, move onward to the cloud-based solutions, and then keep a data recovery service on retention in case either of the two fail.
There are pros and cons of each but at the end of the day – it’s best to have the data backed up and safe than to skimp on inexpensive hardware or services. Don’t make the common mistake and try to react after disaster has struck – be proactive.