Enjoy the peace of mind that a reliable back-up
system offersof a reliable backup system.
We offer both local (on-site) and online
(Cloud-based) backup solutions for Windows and Apple.
Online / Cloud Backup (to reputable online
Local backup to Windows or Apple Server
NAS device backup
External drive backup
Apple Time Machine backup
Our PC / Mac Backup Solutions are:
If you already have an online backup solution. Our
technicians have experience troubleshooting with the following
SOS online backup
Benefits of our Local and Online Reliable
Simplicity – our backup systems are
easy-to-use. You can have the best backup system in the world in your
office but, if its not user-friendly, users might be less reluctant
to interact with it.
Automatic – our backup systems are
“set-it and forget-it”. You do not have to worry about
missing a backup. They can be scheduled to function without any user
intervention. For example, if your systems are not on when the
scheduled backup is due to run, they will play “catch-up”.
Security – we use world class data
centres that use multi-factor authentication for data access and have
ISO 270001 accreditation. Our backup systems are fully compliant with
the Irish Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003.
Simple, Self-Service Data Retrieval –
if you need to restore data which has become lost or corrupted, our
backup systems allow you to easily restore it.
Automated Alerts – if there are any
issues with your backup, you will get an automated alert to your
What Important features to look for in the best
computer backup systems
When deciding on a backup system, there are a
number of important features to look out for, including:
Automatic – it is very important to
employ a data backup system that performs its duties without the need
for human intervention. Humans tend to forget, so software is more
reliable. The difference between a three-weeks-old backup set and one
which is just one-day-old can often be substantial to the user.
Verifiable – users should be able to
easily check their data backup. This is vital as it results in more
complete backups (users will often think twice about what they are
backing up when they are asked to check), as well as peace of mind.
Be wary of the ‘black box’ approach to data backup, where
users are told by their data backup company or IT support provider
that “everything is backed-up to XYZ location in compressed
format and youbut can’t just go in and view it”. This
approach can be catastrophic. At any given time, you should be able
to pick a random file or folder and easily verify whether it is being
backed up or not. At the bare minimum, you should be able to quickly
perform a mock restore of a chosen folder or file by using your
backup system. It is much better to discover any problems with a
backup system or backup solution before data loss has occurred,
rather than after.
Security - Your data should be handled and
stored in compliance with the Irish Data Protection Acts 1988 and
Expect the unexpected. Why data backup is so
This is perhaps one of the most important IT tasks
that the general or business computer user will ever perform. There
is a multitude of ways in which data can be lost, including:
Hard drive failure, which can occur in
four main ways. When its partition table (either NTFS or HFS)
becomes corrupted. When the drive’s firmware, which is
typically stored on the PCB and the Service Area of the disk
platters, gets corrupted or damaged. When the PCB board fails due to
a power surge or electrical overstress and, finally, when the drive
heads, the tiny components that read the data from the disk
platters, fail or get damaged. If this occurs, the drive will often
need replacement heads before the data can be recovered from it.
Accidental Fformat or Ddeletion –
with computers having more internal and attached storage devices,
such as USB drives, camera cards, etc, it has become very easy for
users to erase or format a drive accidentally. (If you do need to
format a drive, disconnect all other attached storage devices and
always double check that the drive letter corresponds to the actual
drive you are about to format.)
Fire, flood, theft and power surges –
it only takes one unexpected event to destroy both your main data
set and your local backup. This is why off-site backup is so
important. Fortunately, there are some great online backup services
available which help to mitigate the risks of holding data onsite.
Over the years our back-up systems have saved
many clients from data loss from “out-of-the-blue”
events. Here are a few examples:mini-case study.
Mini Case Study: Online backup saves
accountant’s files from flood damage.
An accountant client in Ballsbridge never believed
that flooding would be a problem, as there was no history of it
striking his office. However, his computers and NAS devices were
destroyed one Bank Holiday weekend when the water tank overflowed,
due to a ballcock failure, leaving his office under two feet of
water. Fortunately for him, the online backup system we had set-up
for him meant that he still had a copy of all his files.
The lesson: always try to have a copy of your data
offsite and expect the unexpected!