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    Aspida Recovery and the cruciality of data backups

    Having a backup system like Aspida Recovery can be critical in saving your practice in the event of a disaster.

    Ive said this before, but I think it bears repeating: The failure rate of hard drives is always 100 percent. That’s right; no matter how much you spend or how much you baby them, hard drives fail… always. Looming over your digital future like death and taxes, your hard drives are slowly marching toward their deaths. Like technological doomsday clocks, you can almost hear the “tick… tick… tick.”

    Because of that fact and because I am a diehard geek, early into my digital journey I devised a backup plan that would keep me from ever experiencing a “total data blackout”. I used the tools available to me at the time to create a sophisticated backup plan from scratch. When you cannot afford to lose something, it’s amazing the lengths you will go through to keep it safe.

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    Is it a chain… or is it a leash?

    As I wrote here in my January column, you should look at backups as a chain and the chain, in my opinion, should have as many links as possible. Of course, being an outlier, I have more backups than most of you. However, that is also because I am totally dependent on being digital. In that regard, backups of all my systems are the lifeblood of my practice in case of disaster. Yet, as time progresses and all practices become more and more digital, the need for reliable, cost-effective and easy backups will become less and less of a “nice benefit” and more and more of a strategical need to ensure critical practice systems are fully protected.

    Because of these critical backup needs, many offices are now paying closer attention to backups and backup protocols than ever before. One of the great benefits of living in the time that we are is the simple fact that technology has evolved along with our ability to use it. When I built my first office network, I had no choice but to do it myself. Because of that, I still have vivid memories of crawling through the dropped ceiling of the office with network cable clenched between my teeth as I attempted to connect my front desk with my personal office. Now whenever I need something like that done, I simply call my IT team at Goetze Dental and tell them what I need. In no time, they have things configured and running exactly the way they need to.

    It’s the same now with backups. Rather than being forced to study the process and create your own protocol, you can now work with IT specialists whose sole focus is healthcare. They can create the backup system you need and make it as easy as possible for you to maintain. That’s a tremendous advantage to the days of “technology past”.

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    Dr. John Flucke
    Dr. John Flucke is in private practice in Lee’s Summit, Mo. He also serves as technology editor for Dental Products Report magazine and ...


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