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May 13, 2013

Ensure Your IT Backups Actually Work, Warns the Remark Group

LONDON – Businesses should pay careful attention to IT backup equipment and ensure regular maintenance checks are performed to guarantee data is being effectively captured regularly, urges intelligent business solutions provider, the Remark Group.

The majority of all businesses now require computer systems, but regardless of whether they are only required to accumulate employee information, sales records or customer data, businesses should regularly monitor backup performances as faults in data capture could result in permanent loss of information. To prevent this from happening, regular maintenance checks should be made on existing equipment and businesses might also consider investing in quality backup devices, either on or offsite, to protect and even encrypt records to the highest level of security.

Whilst the thought of maintenance check-ups on electrical equipment may seem daunting to many companies, seeking advice from IT professionals regarding which data should be backed up and how, can ease concerns. Working alongside specialists provides businesses with invaluable industry knowledge and support when planning data restoration and disaster recovery strategies. In addition to the guidance and experience IT companies can provide, appointing one to remotely backup data can relieve pressures on employees remembering to swap tapes or storage medium or follow the correct media rotation. Daily backup reports reassure that information has been securely captured and can highlight any potential areas for concern.

Reflecting the major role computers play in modern day businesses, many storage options are available to house business data. Cloud storage facilities have skyrocketed in recent years as an effective means of saving and sharing information from multiple data capture points and devices. Although an effective means of data collection, some businesses are hesitant to solely rely on cloud-based tools as their main backup storage as the technology continues to be developed.

David Lyons, IT Director for the Remark Group, commented: "Companies will often set their computer systems to backup, but they rarely check to ensure the data has backed up correctly. In instances where files become corrupt or simply do not work, this can be disastrous as many documents are unsalvageable even using sophisticated recovery tools.

"By getting the advice from trained IT professionals, you will be able to agree a backup strategy that not only captures critical data but is also fully restorable. Obviously it is paramount that any backup solution is regularly tested to ensure restoration is possible."

The Remark Group is an established intelligent business provider offering a range of IT and AV services, such as projector installation and business telephone systems. For more information about AV installation services and to discuss IT backup solutions with Remark, visit www.remark-group.co.uk.

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