Small business owner, are you considering a proper system backup? 

Author: Eddie Yip

Date: Jun 28, 2017


You started the business, created a website, businesses are coming, clients are visiting your website, it is time to consider to protect your system.

Couple days ago, a client contacted us, his home-based website and database server crashed. Our team dispatched, unfortunately it was rendered unrecoverable, all client's histories are gone. For them, it was too late to consider backup but you still have a choice.

According to Statistic Canada there are over 400,000 small business in Ontario1 alone, most of the business chose to run their corporate web, e-mail and database server on premise or even at home. It is totally understandable because it can save cost by not paying a set monthly fee for x period for some enterprise grade, cloud solutions which would probably use 10% of the function. However, when it comes to backup solution, most companies wouldn't considering it, at most, they simply copy-and-paste the partition on a spare external drive and called it a backup. Surely it does something but certainly not the best solution. 

Making a redundant system on premise, even off-site is a better solution because when your system is down, there is a redundant system ready to kick in, it take a couple of clicks and your website, database will back on-line in no time. This is critical because small businesses are very competitive, its every client counts, you don't want to loose any of them because they can take their business elsewhere very easily. 

Our latest project involved building a cluster of Linux servers interconnected each other to provide web and database services, if one server is down, the other server will kick in automatically without little downtime. We chose Linux server because licensing is free. You don't have to invest thousands of dollars for Microsoft Server R2 and Exchange server.  It uses very little resources, very little maintenance, a cluster system can build on some old Core 2 machine with 2-4 GB of RAM, it is surely a budget setup for small companies.

If you want to learn more on how this can adopt into your system environment, please give us a call for free consultation



1 How many SMEs are there in Canada?