Forget Backing up Your System—Backup Your Workstations

Forget backing up your system?

Okay, we’re being a little dramatic. You should still backup your system, but everyone already knows this. That’s why the field of IT is projected to increase 22 percent by 2020!

All these jobs won’t just be focusing on backing up various computer systems. There’s a lot more to IT than that, and there’s a lot more that you should be doing to protect your business, like backing up your workstations.

More than data and servers

Most businesses have a good handle on their data and servers. After all, that’s what’s likely to come to mind when you think about a data backup solution. It’s essential if you want to get your IT infrastructure back up and running, but who uses that infrastructure? And what do they use to access it?

The answer is their workstations.

When it comes right down to it, your business counts on its data and servers, but it doesn’t depend on them. It depends on people to access them in order to work throughout the day. That’s why it’s so important to make sure their workstations are backed up too.

What do you mean by backing up a workstation?

You might be wondering what it means to backup a workstation. Well, it involves a few things:

  • The operating system
  • Applications
  • Personal settings

Essentially, it means restoring a computer to the way it was before it crashed. It means restoring it down to the last detail. It may seem like a waste of time, but not restoring computers in this way can waste even more time. How?

Just imagine a workstation has crashed and it has been restored. When that employee shows up to work the next day, they find that their shortcut to Microsoft Word is missing. Only they don’t realize it’s a shortcut. Instead, they think Word hasn’t been installed after the crash.

What happens next? That employee calls IT and goes through the process of finding Word on their computer and creating a new shortcut. That’s time that could be spent on something more constructive if the computer was backed up the way it should have been.

Images aren’t the best solution

Maybe you’re one of the few who understands the importance of a data backup solution for your workstations, but you’ve been doing it using images. Although it’s better than nothing, it’s not the best solution.

Not only are your employees constantly customizing their settings, your security needs are changing all the time. Not to mention, reinstalling applications and creating shortcuts one at a time based on an image can be a real pain. A full backup makes restoring workstations much simpler.

Your job isn’t done once you’ve backed up your information. Workstation backups prove it! If you could use some help, just give us a call. We’ll provide you with a complete data backup solution so you can focus on the needs of your business.

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