Backing Up Your Data – Do this both Remotely & Locally. Avoid a Crisis!!!!!

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February 26th, 2012

I have been focusing attention on setting up backups for small businesses with crucial data.  However I would do this for residential customers if the need was there.  I have been dealing with a remote backup company that I have tested in restoring as well as the remote backup.  I feel that I have found the right remote backup company to use.

I have emphasized that you must have a local backup in conjunction with a remote backup

Restoring a remote backup takes time and is affected by your internet speed. 

The local backup is affected by the speed of your USB port and is much faster.

I have a customer whose data server crashed.  I created a link to a “temp data location” by restoring a current local backup.  Eventually I was able to put the data server back on-line and transitioned the temporary data back to it’s original location on the data server.  At the same time, I was able to restore specific files from the remote backup (through the files previously backed up) so there was no break in the customer’s productivity or use of computer and stored data files.

The bottom line is that data would have been lost if not for our services.  Seamless transition between local backup and remote backup.  Both are important.

When it comes to data, you cannot put a price on it.  Call Computer Care Associates for your protection!

Software Applications, Up-to-Date?

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January 13th, 2011


Are your SW applications up-to-date?

A major problem for independent contractors, retail stores and small businesses and individuals working out of one location, is that they rely on various software programs for their livelihood.  For instance – with interior designers, and professions that use a CAD-type of software, the software is very expensive ($4,000-$8,000). An important issue is that in order to continue to get updates, they must have a support contract. 

Contractors, plumbers, and electricians should be using QuickBooks or some type of accounting software to keep track of payments, receivables, as well as a database of their customers. 

The bottom line is to be prepared for disaster.  Keep your licenses up-to-date.  Make sure you have support and if necessary have the software on hand, in case you need to reinstall.  If your SW files get corrupted, the vendor will help you download the missing files – or the product – but you need to give them the correct licensing information or else the communication with the vendor will be frustrating and even more expensive.

This sounds like a lot of work and it is, but the consequence of not having the right information and software can be bleak.  Backing up the data is important too, but you can’t back up your software applications.

Your business relies on organization, records, and preparation in case of a disaster.