Business Survival and Sustainability: Handling Critical Electronic Data

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The Voice of Experience

Whether you’re working at a job or own a company, most likely you’re dependent upon electronic data and storage. Your records are the meat of the past and the future of your success. What if that electronically stored data was missing, damaged, or the equipment became nonfunctional?

Yes, I am going to stress to you how important backing up your information is, but not the way you may think.

You can back up onto disks and put them in your desk, which is great and easy to retrieve. You can back up onto a central back up drive at your office, and you should do that too.

However, these actions are not enough to save your information if you have a real, on-site catastrophe.

Think about it. Your business or job is your survival, it’s your money line, it’s how you pay the bills. Don’t short change critical systems; handle them before a crisis hits.

It is easy, inexpensive, secure, and trouble free to set all of your computers to back up their critical files to a remote, off site location. This can save you a lot of hassle in the event you experience the worst.

It gives you one less thing to worry about when you have so much to handle.

Check out Crash Plan at http://www.crashplan.com. You will be pleased with their response and simplicity; and they are inexpensive too. We use them at CRT and highly recommend their service.

Patricia Burkhart is the executive director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com (800) 766-9057.

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