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Backing up is one of those terms that’s frequently thrown around in small and mid-sized business circles. If you do anything at all on a computer, there’s a good chance the thought of a “backup” has crossed your mind.

There are plenty of different ways you can backup your data and plenty of different data you can backup. But for some instances, you might wonder — what’s the point of backing up? Do you really need to backup everything? How does it benefit your business?

The short answer is, yes, you really need to backup your data, your files, your website, your servers, your systems, etc.

Most people backup their data because of fear of loss of files. With the recent rise of cyberattacks and viruses, years of data can potentially be stolen or lost in just a matter of minutes. While, being able to hold onto and protect your files is important, there’s actually a bigger reason for data backups.

The most important and vital reason to backup your files is to maintain business continuity. It’s more than about restoring files or workstations. It’s about recognizing that the employees using those files or workstations need to do so to keep the business moving. When things are lost, you lose money through wasted time or missed opportunities. You simply don’t have time to try to decide what to do, how to start from scratch or how to restore. It is imperative that the business continue moving with minimal time and money lost. Without a good backup approach, you can lose days or weeks of working time and productivity. For some small businesses, this could cost them their business.

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Backups protect you from data loss and keeps business operating on a smooth and consistent basis.

It’s time to stop wondering why, how and if you should backup your data. Protect your business now and get ahead of any loss. Start your backup solution with determining the most important information or systems in your business. These are the data or systems that if you lose, you could cause major damage to your business. Then determine the right backup solution. You have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to your backup solution. You can choose a cloud storage, a backup server or a hybrid backup solution. After you chosen your back up solution, you need to ensure you have a backup schedule. Files that haven’t been backed up in months will not help keep the business moving in the event of a disaster or data breach.

If you are looking for backup solutions for your small or mid-sized businesses, contact GXA to learn about our different options!