Category: Cloud Backup

Online backup in South Africa vs the international cloud

How safe do you want your data to be? How accountable do you want your service providers to be to you? In which global location is your backed up data being kept? Does it bother you? The answers to these questions are very important.

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Cloud is nice, but local is lekker

Managed IT services vendor Securicom warns there are risks associated with storing company data in the cloud and that it’s safer for South African businesses to backup with vendors operating locally.

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The advantage of cloud computing

Many people aren’t sure about what cloud computing actually is, yet it already plays a large role in our personal and working lives. If you have a gmail address, your email is hosted in the cloud; if you bank online and participate in social media you’re computing in the cloud.

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Are you backing up the correct data?

In the last few years, it has become common practice for companies to install some kind of backup procedure. However, implementations often fail to take a holistic view of the organisation’s data continuity requirements: important files are not included, all data sources aren’t factored in, application data is overlooked, formats are neglected, etc.

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How backup programs back up accounting software databases

When selecting data to back up, it is relatively easy to select all of one’s Excel spreadsheets and Word documents. These are typically stored in a folder on your machine. To select these for backup, you simply select the folder that they are stored in for ongoing backup. Any new and existing documents and spreadsheets are then backed up on an ongoing basis.

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Using Pastel? You need a reliable online backup service

The vast majority of small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa use some iteration of the Sage Pastel software platform. As with any software out there, things do go wrong at times: data gets corrupted or deleted, hard drives crash or tape drives fail at the most inopportune time. The sad reality is that many businesses do not have backups, let alone business continuity in mind at all.

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What to backup: a critical look at your data.

Cloud backup: What should I back up? This is a common question for organisations as the influx of data that spans an average network has simply exploded.

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Why Sage Pastel Partner Advantage should be your accounting package of choice

In South Africa and most of the rest of Africa, Sage Pastel Partner Advantage is the accounting system of choice for medium and large businesses looking for desktop accounting software. Its entry-level option, Sage Pastel Xpress, is used by many thousands of small businesses to run their accounting.

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