Back up your business data with smart solutions

  • Protect your business from losing critical data by having solid disaster recovery solutions in place.

  • Your backup strategy should be assessed at least once a year.

  • Moving your backup solution to the cloud could save money and free up your IT staff.

No matter the size of your organization, making sure you have an adequate backup solution in place for data can be daunting. But no worries. I’m going to share important topics to consider, so that no matter what happens in the future, you have a plan in place to help keep your data safe and secure.


The best backup solutions are those that survive the worst case scenarios completely intact. That might include anything from a disaster, like a fire that wipes out all of your backup servers, to an executive dropping their laptop and losing a crucial presentation file.

To be prepared, think through different situations and have solid disaster recovery solutions in place. Some scenarios will require you have key computers backed up in multiple physical locations. In the case of a severe natural disaster like a hurricane or an earthquake, you’d want to have copies of your data located out of state if possible. But large backups can be time-intensive to restore. You should also determine what you need when small emergencies arise. A single deleted file or lost computer might mean you’ll need quick access to smaller backed up files. In this case, easily-accessible cloud storage can make a huge difference.

Cloud vs. local

With the costs of cloud-based backup services falling, consider whether or not it’s worth keeping an expensive on-site backup solution in place. On top of the hardware, software, and electricity costs of maintaining that infrastructure, on-site backup requires a strong IT team to manage it. Costs can quickly add up. Moving your backup solution to the cloud could reduce these costs, while allowing your IT staff to focus more on the issues that make a greater impact to your bottom line.

A six step plan

One resource to consider when backing up your data is AT&T’s Six steps to creating your backup plan. This resource, which was originally written for small business customers, is a great starting point for not only learning more about backing up data but also how you can set priorities and designate responsibility within your team.

A piece of advice I’d really like you to take away from that article is the suggestion that you assess your backup strategy at least once a year. You can’t just assume you’ve got a perfect system in place, since the security landscape changes every year and the number and size of files employees are backing up constantly grows. So do a thorough check-up to make sure that the backup system is functioning the way you intend.

Learn how to enhance your company’s security efforts with AT&T network security services, and back up important data with our cloud storage solutions.


Mario Armstrong, Digital Lifestyle Expert, is an Emmy Award winning tech commentator for the TODAY show, CNN, HLN and Fuse. An entrepreneur by nature, Mario made his passion his career by quitting his day job and founding Mario Armstrong Media. Follow Mario @MarioArmstrong. AT&T has sponsored this blog post; all thoughts are his own.

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