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Your data is your business.

However it happens, the consequences of loss can be calamitous, so you need to be prepared. It’s impossible to overstress the importance of backing up – from cybercrime to hardware failure and simple user error, so many things can happen which can compromise your data.

It’s said that data doesn’t exist unless it exists in three places, and this is something worth taking seriously. The “3-2-1 Backup Rule” is a handy way of visualising the necessary storage – you should keep three copies of your data, two copies should be on different media, and one should be offsite. This, remember, should be regarded as a minimum.

So why three copies? Why different media types? Why offsite? Firstly, your hard drives will fail. That’s going to happen. All drives eventually do. The sensible approach is to acknowledge this and be ready. Different storage media types are important because the likelihood is that, although they will fail, they’ll fail at different times - meaning that a catastrophic loss of data is much less likely. Offsite storage means that, even if something absolutely disastrous happens to your premises, your data is safe. 

Recovering data after a criminal cyberattack or disaster - the worst-case scenarios - is what most of us think of when considering backup regimes, but there are more mundane, everyday occurrences, too. Nobody is infallible, and we all make mistakes. It’s all-too-easy to delete an important email or the wrong spreadsheet but, with a solid, consistent backup policy in place, this needn’t be much more than an inconvenience. 

To make this process easy, we've created the Orvis Business Backup - a complete solution which can offer synchronised local and offsite backups to ensure the safety and integrity of your data.