Protection has evolved from simple backups such as dragging and dropping files to a floppy drive, Zip drive, CD, or External Hard Drive to modern data backup solutions that can handle large amounts of data in real-time. Factors such as exponential data growth with the availability of 1TB hard drives for the last decade (and now 8-16TB consumer-level hard drives), and the need for near real-time data protection or daily backups have driven home users and businesses to abandon legacy backups. In other words, modern computers require modern backup services.
Professional backup solutions are now available.
What Can I help with?
Above all, I can help recommend and install backup services including:
- The initial recommendation of a setup
- Protecting large volumes of data
- Imagining a full computer, and file backups
- Backing up multiple computers
- Ensuring your data backup plan covers off-site backup
- After that, Long-term support
I offer NAS (Network Attached Storage) solutions from Synology, Buffalo, QNAP, Western Digital (WD), Netgear, and other manufacturers. I am partnered or work with Backblaze, Carbonite, SpiderOak, DropBox, Google Drive, IDrive, and other cloud backup and storage providers. My experience with software solutions focused on Macrium, Acronis, Veeam, Commvault, Microsoft, Symantec, and others.
Protecting large volumes of data
One of the hurdles in backups today is hard drive capacity and file size have grown. If you have large amounts of data, then, storing multiple backups will take more space. Fortunately, most cloud service providers have plans of 1TB or over, and local backups solutions are readily available for 2TB to 8TB for home users, and 6TB and beyond for small businesses.
Full Computer Images or Cloning
Setting up a full computer image backup or clone lets you make an exact copy of the computer. This not only lets you protect your data, but it stores your operating system, drives, all software, and settings and you have the assurance that everything is securely saved in an easily recovered backup file. Modern disk imaging tools support restoring backup from local computers, network devices such as a NAS and allow booting or restoration from USB drives.
File Level Backups
While have a full computer image is ideal, files are the most critical. Software solutions are available to backup, mirror, or sync your files automatically. File-level backups generally focus on backing up your pictures, music files, Office files, documents, and movies. With notifications about profile runs, creation, etc. scripting functions, and automatic drive failure detection (S.M.A.R.T.), software solutions can help complete a full backup strategy.
Backing up Multiple Computers
Most customers that request my services have multiple computers. For instance, almost every small business or home with teenagers has 2-3 laptops and desktops. Having multiple computers means that just have multiple hard drives that can crash (and take your data with them). My solutions are flexible and expandable for my cloud backup and NAS offerings.
Ensuring Your Data Backup Plan is Well Rounded
A remote or off-site backup is needed to have a well-rounded plan. Part of the 3-2-1 backup rule is having one remote backup. While on-site backups offer the best in terms of long-term cost, and speed to backup large amounts of data or running a full computer image, a copy needs to be off-site.
All local storage devices, such as an internal hard drive, external HD, or NAS, are susceptible to theft, fires, floods, or water damage. Keeping a copy of files at a remote location has become key Some services even go above and beyond and offer disk courier services where they will ship you an external hard drive that you can restore from.