What’s your backup strategy?
Data is one of the most valuable assets in your business. Losing data would cause serious disruption to your operations, with equally serious financial impact. A backup and recovery plan protects your valuable business information against malicious attacks, database corruption, hardware failures, and even a natural disaster that can cripple your business for days, weeks, and even months. Think of this as the insurance you hope you’ll never need, but will be incredibly relieved to have should disaster ever strike.
With the volume of data you are accumulating on a daily basis, it’s imperative to implement a regular backup system that’s secure and reliable. There are now more options than ever before for backing up your data that are becoming more and more affordable. The options include:
Cloud/online backup, recovery and restore solution
A cloud/online backup, recovery and restore solution involves sending your data over the Internet to an off-site storage location. It’s a highly secure, extremely efficient backup service which protects your critical business data, whether it be simple files, email archives or complex data stores. Investing in a cloud backup service offers many advantages to your business:
- It lowers total cost of ownership – because you won’t need to install or buy costly equipment. Cloud backup software integrates with IT environments to locate and prioritise files for backup, and then securely transmits encrypted copies of those files to offsite data centers. You can opt to do a full system or selective backup.
- Fast data recovery – A cloud backup and recovery system instantly restores data, including individual files, regardless of location.
- File transfer is more secure – Files selected for backup are encrypted before transmission to a cloud vault and remain encrypted until they reach their destination. The decryption key is given only to the client.
- Reduced operating and administrative costs – Requires less to no human intervention. Once you’ve selected a backup schedule, business data is saved automatically. Therefore, you can redirect your IT staff to do other important tasks.
This is any backup where the storage server is kept close at hand. Typically, the storage medium is plugged in directly to the source being backed up or is connected through a local area network to the source being backed up.
Some examples of local backups commonly used by businesses are:
- External hard drive (desktop or portable)
- Optical drives like CDs, DVDs and Blue Ray discs
- Network Attached Storage (NAS)
Network attached storage is used for data backup and file sharing across your network and different departments. An all-in-one file server with abundant server applications such as FTP, file server, backup server, web server, and so on. Benefits include:
- Mass storage; file sharing across different platforms – Provides a large amount of storage capacity to meet the demand of storage-heavy business. Users working on different Operating Systems – Windows/ Mac/ Linux/ UNIX – can share files.
- User access control – Your IT administrator can create folders, user groups, and users on the NAS with specified read and write access. Domain user accounts and passwords can be imported to the NAS easily by joining the NAS to an AD domain. All of this means less work for your IT staff.
- High data transfer performance – Data is transferred at a high rate , thereby significantly reducing the waiting time of file uploads and downloads.
- Eco-friendly – Low power consumption and extremely silent operation.
Backup frequency can be set hourly, daily, monthly, or depending on your own set schedule. Just keep in mind that you’re working on files and updating information all day. You want to back up the latest versions to ensure you don’t lose any information.
Should you lose your data, your ability to restore it and restore it quickly can spell the difference between your business’ survival and closure.
Let us help you develop a more effective disaster recovery plan. Centrix’s disaster recovery begins with a review of possible disaster scenario questions:
- What disaster are you likely to face – flood, fire?
- The speed with which you’ll need to get your data recovered and operational – hours or days, weeks?
- Who’s relying on your data being continuously available? What data will they need?
- How time-sensitive is your data – will you need to recover data from a week prior or within minutes or seconds before the disaster?
From here, tailored plans are put in place and tested on a bi-annual basis to ensure that if disaster comes to call, you’re covered in all the right places of your business.