Network Backups

Written by Gregg Ruais
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Because so many things can go wrong with extensive informational systems, most IT professionals consider having network backups a necessity. When programmers have to make system changes, for example, the smallest miscalculations can result in operational failures. Improperly placed commands in programming applications can completely disrupt data flow. It sometimes takes hours to find the simple typos that cause these malfunctions.

Businesses that rely on their computer systems cannot afford to halt operations while their IT departments search for solutions. When system changes are made, network backups, which mirror the actual networks as they were before any changes were implemented, serve as safety nets. If in place, they can be employed whenever emergencies arise.

Network Backups as Precautions Against Viruses

There are tens of thousands of known computer viruses, and many more are created with each passing day. Desperate competitors have been known to use viruses against their rivals. Teenage computer wizards sometimes author viruses just for kicks. Most frighteningly, many attacks on businesses come from previous or even current employees. Disgruntled workers have few outlets for their anger, but they know that harming companies' networks is one way of getting even.

At some workplaces, network backups may rarely, if ever, be used. When primary systems get infected, however, they become invaluable. Companies who lack the IT resources to ensure that backup network data remains untouched have the option of hiring outside businesses that specialize in the field.

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