Backup is not the most glamorous of IT functions. Nobody sees data and applications being backed up. It doesn’t impress your customers, or your employees for that matter. It’s not easy to connect the dots between backup and revenue. But backup is one of the most important IT functions that most people don’t think about until they really need it.

Backup has always been a challenge. Data volume, limited storage capacity, and inadequate backup and restore performance are decades-old problems. Today, explosive data growth has further compounded these performance and capacity issues. Data is constantly being received from mobile devices and Internet-connected assets. This data needs to be backed up frequently, restored quickly, and protected constantly. High-resolution graphics and high-definition audio and video require more capacity. Databases store more data than ever and are bigger than ever. Certain types of data must be retained for longer periods of time to meet business, legal or regulatory requirements.

These backup challenges are particularly painful for small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs). The increasing cost and complexity and a lack of expertise make it difficult for SMBs to manage backup effectively. As a result, data is backed up less frequently, if at all. Backups take too long, and recovery of data takes too long, In fact, data recovery time is typically measured in hours or days, dramatically increasing the cost of downtime and the risk of failing to produce data required for a compliance audit or eDiscovery. Ultimately, most SMBs don’t have the budget to invest in new backup infrastructure or the in-house expertise to implement and manage a backup strategy.

Because backup is as important as it is demanding, more SMBs are turning to managed backup instead of trying to handle it in-house. Managed backup involves outsourcing the planning, management, monitoring and troubleshooting of your backup environment to a third-party provider so it meets your company’s specific business requirements and risk tolerance. Managed backup can be offered as an on-premises, cloud-based or hybrid solution.

How frequently must data be backed up? What kinds of data need to be backed up? Where will this data be coming from? How quickly must data be restored? How will data be accessed when restored? How long must certain types of data be retained? These and other backup-related questions will be answered by your managed backup services provider so you can focus on running and growing your business.

Backup tools and processes are overseen by a provider’s team of experts using the latest enterprise-grade equipment, substantially reducing the risk of data loss and the cost and duration of downtime. Your managed backup services provider will also provide regular backup reports so you can make sure your objectives are being met.

Of course, your managed backup services are only as good as your managed backup services provider. Let SSD help you establish backup parameters that satisfy your business and regulatory needs. Then we can make sure your data is backed up at regular intervals and accessible when you need it.