Often times it’s not the big bad hackers out there that pose the biggest threat to your organization's continued survival. More often than not, it’s simple issues that create a world of problems for your business. One common way that an otherwise sound business plan could be disrupted is through an unexpected disaster derailing operations without having an adequate data backup solution in place.
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Data backup is one of the most important parts of maintaining a business, but it’s not something that some organizations even consider until it’s too late to undo the damage done. In any case, data backup is a critical part of any successful business, but it’s not as simple as implementing a solution and hoping it works. We’ll walk you through the proper steps for making sure your organization has a successful data backup solution when it’s needed most.
Data backup is a critical component for businesses, as damage control is needed by just about any organization that has day-to-day interactions in risky environments like the Internet. Furthermore, some organizations are located in high-risk areas where natural disasters are a considerable threat. Regardless, there is one situation where all businesses need to be wary about data security, and that’s user error. Our point is that it doesn’t matter where your business is located or what industry it’s in; there will always be situations where data backup will be helpful, so consider how it must be implemented now before it’s too late.
All businesses need to take preventative measures to secure their futures, but did you know that data backup isn’t just about making sure your business survives in the event of a disaster? While natural disasters, user error, and other means of data loss can all be reduced through the development of a substantial data backup plan, your organization will find use for your backup even during normal everyday operations, providing a significant return on your investment.
Even with a data recovery strategy, you can’t expect all problems related to data continuity to be resolved simply by having a strategy in place. Take a moment to ask yourself if you have the right strategy for your business’ needs. Below you will find several considerations to keep in mind when planning your data backup system, as well as how to make it happen.
Data backup tends to carry with it the association that your business could end at any moment, and while this is an important reason to implement data backup, there are countless others to consider as well. You might find that they are just as important to your organization as saving it from a devastating data loss disaster.
Your business needs to have data backup and disaster recovery, period. There is no exception to this rule. The hard truth of the matter is that your business is risking far too much by not implementing data backup and disaster recovery. Today, we’ll examine scenarios in which a business might find its data threatened, as well as how modern businesses can keep their data safe, even when the world seems out to get them.
Your business seems to be humming along nicely and, BOOM, a disaster hits. Whether this disaster is caused by an act of God, a cybercriminal, or one of your own employees, you have to be ready. Today, we will look at several statistics that show you just how important having a well strategized data backup and disaster recovery plan is.
As the cloud is being utilized by more individuals and organizations to meet their computing needs, more very important data is hosted outside of local computer networks. As a result, people utilize cloud storage for their backup and recovery strategies. In fact, it has become the primary use of cloud-hosted platforms, but just how does backup and recovery from these collaborative cloud-based platforms work?
In the wake of the countless threats out there that can threaten your business, it’s more important than ever before to think about what your organization is doing to protect its data--and, by extension, its future. Depending on the current data backup solution your organization uses, it might be time to consider a change for the better.
If you don’t consider the worst-case scenario when preparing your business’ disaster recovery strategy, you’ll inevitably suffer from it when it does happen. Taking into account all of these nuances is one of the main ways your organization can prepare for such an occasion. All of these instances need to be considered when putting together your organization’s business continuity plan. We’ll discuss some of the major parts of it, and why they are crucial.
How does your business leverage data backup? Depending on the way your business functions and your specific needs, your data backup solution will vary from other organizations in your industry. Yet, one thing is absolutely certain, and it’s that your organization can’t afford to not implement some type of data backup system. In the event of a data loss scenario, you won’t want to be left wondering if you could have prevented it with a little proactive action.
Data is the backbone of any modern business. Since your organization relies so much on it, you need to have measures put into place to ensure that your business can access it in some way, shape or form at all times. This is easier said than done, especially for a business on a budget. We’ll walk you through how you can implement a comprehensive data backup solution to protect your organization.
Ordinarily, the word redundant would be used for something that’s not needed. For example, having two jugs of orange juice in your refrigerator would be considered redundant because you only ever need one at a time. Your data can be considered in much the same way. You want a second, or even third, copy of your data on the off-chance that you need it.
This is why we say you want data redundancy--it’s a worst-case scenario, certainly, but you’re out of luck if you do ever encounter a situation where your data is unavailable. Here are some of the major considerations that you want to remember when thinking about data redundancy, as well as data backup and disaster recovery.
How Much Data You’re Recovering
Depending on your data backup solution, you could either be taking backups once a day or you could be taking them multiple times a day. If you’re only taking them once at the end of the day, you could lose up to an entire day’s worth of data in the event of a disaster. On the other hand, if you use a snapshot-based backup solution, you only take backups of data that has changed since the last time you took one, allowing you to back up your data as often as every fifteen minutes. It’s the ideal way to back up your data, and it allows you to keep it as redundant as possible.
How Long Your Recovery Takes
If you have a lot of data that needs to be recovered, the process could take much longer than you expect. Furthermore, since you’re restoring from a tape rather than immediately through the cloud, you’ll be opting for a much slower method of restoration. Cloud-based BDR allows your organization to restore data directly to any compatible device--including the BDR device itself--so that you can minimize downtime in the event of a data loss incident.
Where You’re Storing Your Data Backups
Finally, we get to the redundancy aspect of your business’s data backup system. Redundancy is all about having multiple copies of your device, but it’s where you’re storing them that makes a major difference for your organization. You should follow the 3-2-1 rule for data backup and disaster recovery. Basically, you want three copies of your data overall (at least), with two of those being stored off-site in some capacity (like in the cloud or a secure off-site data center), and one on-site in the event you need it.
Does your organization need help with data redundancy or backup and disaster recovery? Automation Concepts & Technologies, Inc. can help. To learn more, reach out to us at (508) 622-5100.
Mistakes happen, especially where technology is involved. There are plenty of ways that user error can occur when using a computer--many of which are avoidable through simple preventative measures. For our tip this week, we’ll go over some behaviors to avoid when using a computer.
The cloud has been a major game-changer for business technology, but perhaps its most important contribution has been to the backup and disaster recovery process. Businesses no longer have to suffer due to unforeseen circumstances such as hardware failure or hacking attacks. Instead, a cloud-based backup and disaster recovery solution, also known as BDR, can provide a considerable failsafe for your organization.
Before the advent of the cloud, data backup was largely considered a manual task. Tape backup was the primary mode of ensuring your data wouldn’t be wiped away in the event of a disaster. This method, however, is a rather outdated concept that can become an inefficient hindrance. Tape backup requires a considerable time investment from your business’ employees, as it needs to be set manually at the end of each business day. Furthermore, since tape backup can take a long time and use up a lot of network resources, the number of times you can take a backup every day is limited.
Most businesses will opt to start to back up their data at the end of the day, after everyone has gone home and the network resources are no longer needed. This opens your business up to risk from neglect, intentional or otherwise. Plus, since you’re only taking one backup every day, you are potentially losing out on data that isn’t getting backed up. You could lose up to a whole day’s worth of data in the worst-case scenario.
Unlike a tape backup solution, a cloud-based backup and disaster recovery system allows for a quick and efficient data backup process. Instead of relying on employees and risking user error, these systems are automated. This automation is one of the major draws to a cloud-based backup solution, as it eliminates much of the risk and helps to keep your organization’s data protected in the event of a disaster.
Cloud-based BDR also makes data backup easier because it allows for more than one backup every single day. Tape backup is so intensive that it can only be performed once a day, but by taking “snapshots” of data that has changed since the last backup was performed, cloud-based BDR aids redundancy in a significant way. Since the backups are only happening on files that are either in-use or those that have been changed, they are less intensive, and can happen much more frequently. We’re talking about at least every fifteen minutes or so, which is practically negligible data loss in a disaster scenario.
Finally, the most important aspect of cloud-based BDR is, without a doubt, the ability to quickly recover in the event of a disaster. Tape backup solutions can take several hours (all of which is downtime) to restore. On the other hand, cloud-based BDR can happen almost instantaneously with minimal downtime. You can even restore data directly to the BDR device so that it can act as a temporary server in the event your computing infrastructure has been damaged or malfunctions.
Your business can’t afford to waste time or resources on downtime. To learn more about how you can implement cloud-based BDR, reach out to us at (508) 622-5100.
It should come as no surprise that the practice of business continuity planning is one that every business needs to undergo. This planning serves as essentially your only insurance against some form of data disaster or another. Consider your own business for a moment--could it survive a fire, a critical failure in part of your infrastructure, or theft? With a business continuity plan, there’s a chance it just might.
Whether you are suspicious or not, today seems like a good day to talk out what can happen if some bad luck interferes with your business. Disasters can come in all shapes and sizes, from a freak storm destroying your place of business and every IT component you had inside, to an employee whose path was crossed by a black cat accidentally spilling their coffee on their keyboard as they access some key data.
As a business owner, you expect to stay in control of what your business does. Unfortunately, there are certain variables in running a business that simply can’t be controlled, like the weather. Therefore, you need to take special care to ensure that these uncontrollable instances don’t become a threat to your business’ prolonged existence. To this end, we recommend a business continuity plan.
There are quite a few cloud solutions for file management out there, each offering something that sounds slightly different...but how different are they, really, and which would be of most use in your business? We’ll examine your options to find out.
How does your SMB backup its data? Have you put much thought into keeping your data backup up and stored off-site? Have you even invested in data backup? If not, then you should consider your data backup options.