After 12 years of providing IT solutions to businesses in the Texas Panhandle, we have seen almost everything and we have solved our fair share of problems. One of the problems that we see over and over again when managing business networks is data loss due to Windows Server Backup. We have come across many businesses that were under the false impression that their data was safe and backed up when, in reality, it was either not being backed up at all or it was corrupt.
What can happen when data is lost?
This can spell disaster for a business. When important data is lost or corrupted, a business will have to suffer downtime, they will lose clients’ trust, and they will have to spend time and money recovering that data. When data is completely unrecoverable all of the business processes that relied on that data will be hindered. For example, if you are a dentist office and you lose patient insurance data, you won’t be able to bill insurance companies and get paid for the work you are doing.
If data is not recovered quickly or at all, other applications may begin to fail. When data is lost, there is almost always an effect on the bottom line. However, that effect can be greatly minimized with proper backup and recovery methods. The greatest problems we have seen were when businesses thought their data was being backed up with Windows Server Backup but in reality, it was not or the backed up data was corrupt.
Why is Windows Server Backup unreliable?
First of all, Windows Server Backup was never created to act as a large enterprise, full-feature backup system. As the volume of data that is being “backed up” increases, the more unreliable Windows Server Backup becomes. When the amount of data gets too high and you suffer data loss for whatever reason, you are in for a nasty surprise when you go to recover the data.
Backups appear to function normally and when you go to restore data after it is lost, you can easily browse the files and select the files that you want to restore. However, when you proceed with restoring the files you will get an error message telling you that the backup contains unrecognized data. There is no way to get the original data restored after this happens.
Is there a better option for keeping data safe and secure?
The best thing to do is to forget Windows Server Backup altogether and choose a third party backup system instead. We recommend Carbonite Server Backup. With Carbonite you can protect any type of file on an unlimited number of servers (whether they are physical or virtual). Backups can be configured to automatic so you don’t have to worry about physically backing up data. Carbonite will notify you if anything is wrong with the backup. If data is lost, recovery is made simple by either a drag and drop restore process or a one-click full machine restore.
You might be worried about backing up data into “the cloud.” Don’t worry. The data that is uploaded is fully encrypted as it is being uploaded. This makes Carbonite 100% HIPAA, GLBA, and FERPA compliant.
To sum it up, you can’t afford to rely on Windows Server Backup when it comes to your important business data. You risk losing everything. Contact us at 806-350-8324 or fill out this form to start keeping your data safe and secure.