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Disaster Prevention: Backup to the Cloud

CloudMany customers depend on CyberMatrix software to run their business. The software itself is replaceable. The data it stores however is not. If the hard drive storing the application’s data fails, you will have lost all the data. Yes there are companies out there than can recover data on a failed drive, but this recovery is expensive and takes time. While you are waiting, your business suffers.

A simple solution to this serious problem is to backup your data regularly to another drive.¬†All CyberMatrix non-client/server desktop database software has a backup solution included with it. To back up data in this software simply choose Records | Backup Data from the Data Manager menu. This will create a time-stamped file in the application’s Data\Backup folder. Many of our products also have an automatic backup feature you can enable.

If you ever have a problem, you can simply restore this data by choosing Records | Restore Data from the Data Manager menu. In the dialog that appears click on the file you want to restore and press OK.

For those using the Client/Server or Web editions, which don’t have a backup feature, there are several third party backup programs out there. Techradar has compiled a list of them.

Note that it is very important that your backups are stored on a different drive. If you don’t and your drive fails, all those backups will be unavailable to you as well as your live data.

An even worse scenario you should prepare for is something like a robbery or a fire. If the machine your backups are stored on is lost, data recovery is impossible. Probably the best and simplest way to prevent this situation is to backup the data to the cloud. There are expensive cloud backup services available but why pay when you can easily do it yourself for free?

Setting up a cloud folder is simple. You can use a free cloud file service like Dropbox or Microsoft’s OneDrive. Once their software is installed you will have a cloud folder available that you can use like any other folder on your machine. Several of our products allow you to change where the backup files are stored. If you set this location to the cloud folder, your data will be safely backed up to the cloud. Otherwise you will have to remember to manually copy the backup files to the cloud folder.

Preparing for disasters is vital to a company’s health. One very important disaster prevention strategy is to ensure important data is backed up safely. You can easily and cheaply setup a cloud backup solution by using a free cloud folder service.