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Many take disaster recovery and planning for granted, we assume the likelihood of something bad happening is so low we throw caution to the wind in this regard. But, what many do not take the time to consider is what should happen if the following occur:
How long would it take you to recover? (Provided you can recover at all). What are the monetary penalties you would be burdened with during the downtime? Your number 1 method to recover from a disaster is having a backup of your data. In this segment, we are going to take a look at a few tools and methods for disaster planning and recovery on a budget. We shall examine both cloud solutions and the use of physical media as well as their pros and cons.
Google Drive – their free version gives you 15GB of cloud storage. You can sync your folders on your computer and have access to them anywhere anytime from any internet enabled device. Having your folders synced means having a copy of your files automatically saved to the cloud when you save locally so your backup happens in real time. There is one caveat with Google drive’s storage space, the 15GB you are provided also includes all your Gmail messages and attachments as well as any media you have stored on your Google account. If you plan on using your already existing Google account we recommend checking your existing storage before committing.
Dropbox – Like Google Drive, Dropbox offers a similar service for syncing and online access. Their free version has a storage capacity of 2GB however.
iCloud – For the Apple users you can utilize iCloud in a similar fashion to Google Drive and Dropbox. The free version has a 5GB limit but as with almost everything Apple related, setup is super easy.
As mentioned above, you can utilize physical media if you require more storage that is budget friendly. It does require some additional work to be efficient but we’ll address these now.
Now that you’ve learned some quick, reliable and affordable methods to set up your disaster plan go create those backups now! Still unsure of setting up your disaster plan? You can reach out to us [email protected] if you require assistance.