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What is Data Backup and Recovery?

Data Backup | July 30, 2020

When it comes to running a business, it is important to keep in mind that computer systems could crash at any given time, employees make mistakes, and disasters tend to happen when you least expect it. While all of these things are true, businesses that plan ahead by working closely with IT experts, like the ones at Next Hop Solutions, to put data backup and recovery systems into place can successfully restore company information that would otherwise be lost due to a computer crash, an employee mistake, or a natural disaster.

Data Backup and Recovery

Data backup and recovery, also referred to as operational recovery, is the process of creating and storing copies of data in order to protect a business from losing important company information. In most cases, backup recovery involves restoring data to its original location or to an alternative location where it can then be used to replace the lost or damaged data. Proper data backup copies are stored on a separate system or medium, such as cloud storage, from the primary data. This is done in order to prevent the possibility of data loss caused by the primary hardware or software failing.

Why Data Backup and Recovery is Important

Since business data can be lost or destroyed as the result of a hardware or software failure, data corruption, or a human-caused event (malware, ransomware, or accidental deletion), data backup and recovery works to create an extra copy of the company’s important information that can then be recovered in the event that the original copy of the data is either lost or destroyed. Backup copies of the data can be restored from an earlier point in time in order to help the business recover from the disastrous event.

Backed up data should always be stored on a separate medium, such as a disk storage system, cloud storage container, or tape drive, to protect against data loss or corruption. While the extra copy of the data can be stored in the same location as the original data, storing it at a separate location can help prevent both copies of the data from being destroyed due to a natural disaster. A reputable data backup provider will ensure that your company’s data is backed up on a regular basis to help minimize the amount of data that could be lost between backups.

If you would like to learn more about what data backup and recovery is, or if you are interested in our data backup services, please contact Next Hop Solutions at 1-855-482-5141 or by requesting a consultation on our website.


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