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 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.
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.
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