Data backup can be a tricky issue for businesses of all sizes, but especially so for small businesses, which often have difficulties deciding between different options that all come with different costs and storage capacities.

To choose the right backup solution for their company, small and midsize businesses are encouraged to carefully evaluate their needs and resources, advised Rick Cook for Search Storage.

The three main players in SMB backup are cloud computing, disk-based backup and tape backup, said Cook, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages.

For example, cloud computing is a good option for SMBs looking for ways of reducing IT costs, though it is not great for businesses requiring a large amount of data to be backed up at once.

Disk backup is the fastest, and is a good option for companies with a large amount of window and a small time frame for backup. It does require a bit more manual work than cloud computing, however.

Tape backup is best for long-term archival data storage, said Cook, and uses less energy than disks. However, it can be more difficult to recover individual files.

Whatever the method, thorough backup is crucial - the National Archives & Records Administration reports that 93 percent of companies that lost their data for 10 or more days filed for bankruptcy within one year, Intermedia cited.

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