Archive for the ‘backups’ Category

Off site backups

September 19, 2007

I though maybe a serious post.  I was recently quoted £5,000 for offsite storage of backup media i.e. a couple of tapes.  I asked how much it was to retrieve it on demand – answer “well, that would depend”.  What is wrong the a bank safety deposit box, is it not secure enough?  ” I don’t think banks have fire suppression”   Me: “I don’t think this is a good deal” 

Small business get guys like this calling all the time, they don’t have a clue about SME business requirements.  What about an offer that suit our budget?  I love offsite storage, but I have not yet heard of one offer that has been properly positioned.  Have you?


Doing Backups in a small business -do we always get ripped off?

July 4, 2007

Every week or so I receive an email from an IT consultancy informing me of their great services for offsite backups.  They always cost a  fortune and often they require a lot of technical know-how.  In my experience small business and non-profits do not have the technical experience to use these offsite services correctly. After all, they often struggle to use email , and that is ok, because IT is often far from their core business, which might be drama therapy, or cycling

I think there is room for a low cost personal service for off site backups, perhaps as a social enterprise, employing people perhaps with an interest but not experience in IT, and combied with a clear protocol for taking backups, to visit small business regualrly in a region and take backups to an off site location. 

Anyone agree?

Backups for small business and non-profits

June 4, 2007

I have written a draft of an article to help CEOs and others to check that their IT teams are doing correct backups. Please let me know what you think.

I have published it through Google Docs & Spreadsheets: