Industry Best-Practice Dental Office Backup Solution
How important is your data? Would you have access to it if the computer you’re working on suddenly died? How would this affect your business?
I asked a Dentist a while back, what would happen if you lost all your data? He said, “I would go get my kids, drive to the border and never come back.” We laughed. His data was important to him. He felt that if he lost it, he couldn’t work in Canada anymore.
For how important data protection is in a dental office, I still see far too many offices incorrectly implement their backup solution. A proper backup is common knowledge these days, so don’t let that be you. Make sure your backup can do what I am describing here.
A Proper Backup Looks Like This
- The original data files are stored on a server with a RAID configuration
- Data is backed up locally to another office computer
- The backup stored on the office computer is optimized and stored offsite to a cloud backup service
- Tools are installed to verify the backup ran, that the files aren’t corrupted and that the files can actually be recovered
TIP: to ensure you can keep your business running in the event of data corruption, make sure your backup supports being turned into a virtual machine.
The entire backup solution described here costs about $1200 up front and about $120 a year to maintain. This is the one area we don’t go cheap.