Backup Solutions For Your Small Business


Losing data can have devastating effects on businesses. That is because business operations rely on data. Businesses might suffer losses if their customers are not able to receive quality customer care. Many small businesses usually don’t have the time to worry about whether the data across every staff member’s PC and laptop is backed up. However, will your business be able to cope, or perhaps start all over in case of major data loss? If the answer is no, then you should consider finding a backup solution for your small businesses.

According to Firm Malwarebytes, 54% of businesses surveyed in the UK have been targeted with a ransomware attack in the last year. More than thirty percent of worldwide victims reported a loss of revenue and twenty per cent had to cease operations immediately.

If you want to prevent the loss of data, it is important to integrate backup solutions for your business.

Virtualization Does Not Have to Cost a Fortune

Cost is usually the first major hurdle for any small business. The truth is, you don’t need to buy some hugely specialized server that costs a lot of money to get into virtualization. For Hyper-V, you need to purchase a server that supports Windows Server 2012 or higher.

Sizing hardware is not so difficult either: you just have to think about the size of the machine your applications need. If you have a simple file server, then you don’t need 32GB of RAM with SSDs, and the virtual machine does not need that many resources either. Consider what each virtual machine or server needs and how many VMs will be running to get a rough estimate of how many resources you need. Once you are done with this, look for a server that slightly exceeds those needs and buy two of them. And yes, two. The reason I strongly recommend you to get two servers is so that if one of them goes down, you can quickly fail over to the other. This approach will cost your business a lot less in terms of downtime in the long run.

Choosing Hypervisor Software for Your Virtual Servers

When it comes to virtualization, selecting the right hypervisor software is crucial. People often inquire about the best hypervisor software. There is a lot of hypervisor software online, either as proprietary software or as open-source software. If you want to virtualize your current infrastructure or build a new one, you’ll need to choose software that suits your budget and delivers the best results.

Proprietary software would be the right option to follow if you are more concerned with business software that fits well within your budget. On the other hand, if you’re looking for anything for laboratories or a production environment, an open-source hypervisor is a good choice because it’s free to set up.

Also, Microsoft Office 365 comes with an in-built defender. The Microsoft Defender for Office 365 protects your organisation against all forms of malicious threats. These includes threats buried in emails, links, portfolios, and every part of your virtual environment. If you aren’t satisfied with this in-built options, you can also add third party backup solutions for Microsoft 365.

Benefits of Creating a Virtual Environment

Now that we have discussed all the software and hardware needed to do virtualization, you might be asking yourself why you should deal with the hassle of virtualization.

For instance, when you need to migrate to a new hardware, virtualization takes a lot of hassle from you. All you have to do is load up the hypervisor on the hardware and replicate the virtual machine to the new server.

Virtualization also makes maintenance and operational failover very easy, ensuring that your business doesn’t have to worry about losing data. In addition to this, it also saves small businesses a lot of time and money.