Don't Leave Backup in the Hands of your Employees

Jul 2012

Don't Leave Backup in the Hands of your Employees

Posted by Zaid Rasid

If you're an Apple user you'll be familiar with their backup application called Time Machine.  It allows you to backup your computer or laptop to a separate drive. From there backups are stored regularly and the restore process is easy.  For me, at home, I use Time Machine for some peace of mind. At work however, I rarely think about backup as I assume it's taken care of.

Laptop DoctorFor most of us who are extremely busy throughout the day, maintaining our work computer is the last thing on our minds. In fact, it's probably safe for me to assume that many of us believe that our work computers should be maintained by our employer. And rightfully so, our employers should manage the computer infrastructure and be responsible for such things as daily backups. But in a lot of companies, this isn't the case.

It reminds me of a story of a previous colleague of mine who was working on a major RFP (request for proposal) process. She had stored all of her notes, files and the entire RFP package on her local drive. In fact, this is probably common in a lot of companies. After spending weeks working on the RFP, which involved collaboration with several individuals, her hard-drive unfortunately decided to quit. To make a long story short, she had called on IT, and they were unable to restore her files. It was essentially three weeks of work down the drain and a looming RFP deadline soon approaching.

The moral of the story is employees do not prioritize backup and recovery. In fact, according to a study by Backblaze only about 30% of consumers surveyed, backed up their computer monthly and only 7% daily. So if people aren't backing up their data at home, you can't expect them to pay attention at work.

There are however ways to ensure your company data is safe. In fact there are numerous software providers who offer seamless solutions that protect all of your critical data, whether it's stored on a local drive or shared drive. And like Apple's Time Machine, backup and recovery should be easy. The only difference being, at work it should be managed by your employer (IT, Network Administrator, etc.). This way everyone can enjoy some peace of mind.

In fact, at Asigra we can work with you to ensure your company's data is safe by offering backup and recovery solutions in the cloud. Click here to connect with a Powered by Asigra Service Provider who can help you develop a comprehensive backup and recovery plan.

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