London based IT Services and Support for business

London IT Consultancy services backups

London's leading IT Services and IT Support Services, taking care of your business IT

Flexibility and efficiency is always the balance and the key to an IT system. Company data is the most valuable commodity of any business and the number one target for attack whether through viruses or hacking. It is the responsibility of the company to ensure that all company data is safely stored and backed up. It is our responsibility as your IT Provider to advise you accordingly as to which solution will best fulfil your requirements and to ensure that the chosen method is managed and fully tested regularly.

Backups will normally fall into two main options, the on-site backup and the cloud backup, and at times, a combination of both can and are used. The chosen solution will depend on budget, security, availability and customer preference, Swift Digital will advise based on the criteria and install/support the chosen solution.

Onsite data backup

Onsite backup will usually be via a chosen software solution such as Acronis or Symantec Veritas, and will utilise either backup tapes or NAS Drives (Network Attached Storage). The solution will be monitored and managed and incorporated into the IT Support plan ensuring that daily backup checks are undertaken to ensure consistency. In addition we will arrange for periodic test restores that will confirm that the backups are usable. We will not assume that the backups are ok just because the software says complete, we will check via the test restore process.

Advantages of onsite data backup

  • Low ongoing cost, once software and hardware has been purchased.
  • Data is easily accessible through tapes or Network Attached Storage.
  • Internet failures will not affect the backup or restore process.

Disadvantages of onsite backup

  • High initial outlay for hardware, tapes and software.
  • The responsibility for storing tapes offsite is the responsibility of staff at the client site.
  • If the client premises are not accessible the systems and data are not usable.
  • Local hardware failure can prevent backups and restores.

IT Support Services company in London

Off-site and cloud data backups

Offsite backups are used far more in today's businesses with a greater amount of security and accessibility available to anyone with a decent Internet connection. Swift Digital has been closely working with our cloud partner nearly two decades, and with UK based datacentres, offers our clients a secure, efficient and GDPR compliant service.

Upon commissioning of the off-site backup, we will install our client software on the servers and configure the online account, once complete, the backup jobs are configured and will run 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The data is encrypted before transfer and the software is intelligent enough to continue with the backup in the event of an Internet disruption. As part of your IT Support contract, we will monitor your backups on a daily basis and perform test restores to confirm the integrity of the backup.

Advantages of off-site cloud data backup

  • No expensive outlay on hardware or software
  • Company data is stored securely off-site meaning that it can still be accessible even if your building is not
  • Restoring files are easy and available anywhere in the world
  • Storage can easily be increased as the company data grows
  • Backups are encrypted locally before transferring across to the cloud

Disadvantages of off-site cloud data backup

  • Monthly fee for cloud backup service.
  • Internet failure can potentially interrupt backup

Get in touch

Simply complete the form below and one of our London IT Consultants will get in touch to discuss your IT Consultancy requirements.