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Protect Your Business From Data Loss With Network Storage

A NAS device can make data backups simple, automated, and secure

Lost data is the stuff of any business owner’s nightmares. The power goes out, a hard drive fails, a laptop gets forgotten at the airport, a hacker breaks through your network defenses; and, in that single moment, data that you rely on to run your small business disappears. Whether it’s a list of new customer leads, this year’s tax documents, or a user manual for a new product, it doesn’t matter—losing that data can be devastating to your business.

Have you lived this nightmare?

You can chase the fear of data loss from your dreams by deploying an automated backup system. Surprisingly, though, many smaller businesses don’t protect their data with regular backups, according to a recent research from Symantec. The 2011 SMB Disaster Preparedness Global Survey found that half of respondents back up just 60 percent of their data, less than half back up their data every week or more frequently, and approximately 20 percent run daily backups. The survey also reveals that many small businesses don’t back up their most important data: 31 percent don’t back up email, 21 percent don’t back up application data, and 17 percent don’t back up customer data.

Do you have the cold sweats yet?

Protecting your business from data loss is fairly simple with a network attached storage (NAS) device. Even for small networks, a NAS solution is a great way to back up and archive files as well as create a file-sharing system for all your employees. And, you can simultaneously create automatic off-site backups in case of emergency if you subscribe to an online backup service.

Network Attached Storage to the rescue

A NAS appliance, like the Cisco NSS300 Series Smart Storage, is connected directly to your network for centralized storage and is shared among all users. It gives all employees additional storage capacity that can be accessed at high speeds, so there’s no reason for them to only store important data on their local PC or laptop. You can schedule backups to occur automatically; that way, files are backed up as soon as they are created and then again on a regular, frequent basis.

A NAS device also helps prevent data loss with multiple, redundant hard drives. If one drive fails, your backed up data is available on another functioning drive. You can also use the NAS device to restrict sensitive data, so that only users with the appropriate security clearance can access specific files.

There are three different models in the NSS300 Series, so there’s one to match your company’s back-up needs. They’re available in a range of storage capacities—you can have as much as 12TB in hard drives pre-installed. Each NSS300 model comes with several business applications, including a Web Server with WordPress Publishing and MySQL Database, and many others are available for free download like Joomla for building websites and Open Web Analytics for web analytics.

To further protect your data, you can opt for the Mozy online backup service when you configure the NSS300 Series. Mozy lets you create automatic off-site backups, which are critical to a disaster recovery plan.

By combining local and online backup, the NAS device can help you prevent data loss both on and off site, keeping your business safe from hackers, forgetful employees, and even Mother Nature. What best practices have you established for baking up your company’s critical data?

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