Category: Data Backup

Easily Test Your EMR Backup

One of the requirements of a healthcare organization covered by the HIPAA-HITECH security rules is to have a recoverable backup of its EMR system.  After a local server crash is not the time to discover that the “automatic” backup system has been failing!

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IDrive Business

Authorized Reseller

IDrive Business is a cloud-based disaster recovery (backup) solution priced at the amount of data (vs the number of computers like Crashplan for Small Business.)  The key benefits to this product are:

Unlimited Computers.  IDrive is sold based on the amount of data you have to backup.  The account administrator would need to carefully deploy the solution if a lot of computers are involved so as to not exceed the data limit.

Courier service available to “seed” your data or recover.  You would be able to ship a hard drive to IDrive with your data and (more…)

Affordable Data Backup: CrashPlan for Small Business

I’ve been using CrashPlan since 2011.  I was exploring options to back up data to my own “cloud” environment and, at the time, Crashplan software was designed to share encrypted backup sets among friend computers.

Since then, the service has changed to remove that feature and now offers unlimited data backup to the cloud for $10 per month per computer.  The company’s website states that there are no contracts for this small business offering: you can cancel service at any time. (more…)

Ransomware Can Affect Your Backup!

I sympathize with folks in this scenario: you find out that your data backup didn’t work when you needed to restore it.  

With the evil ransomware bugs that are going around and you get infected, your data is destroyed and the best way to get it back is to restore from a backup.  There are two potential issues you might then face:  

  • Your automatic backup hasn’t been working 
  • Your backup solution was connected to your computer and the backup files are encrypted as well 

The best protection to avoid these problems is to have a backup solution that you understand AND that is disconnected from your computer: removable media or cloud-based solutions.  There are different solutions depending on your situation and budget. 

If you can’t afford to lose it, back it up!