Backup and Recovery
Data Backup and Disaster Recovery are not the same.
Your data is backed up based on an agreed-upon schedule and methodology. The data backup schedule and methodology collectively create a Data Retention Policy. By backing up your data, it allows your organization to recover data that may have been accidentally deleted, corrupted, or otherwise lost.
Backing up your data also allows your organization to retrieve an earlier version of specific data. Properly backing up your data allows your organization to better comply with legal retention requirements. Data backup serves as the foundation for a comprehensive Disaster Recovery Plan. Backing up local data in cloud hosting has become a common strategy that Net56 utilizes. We recommend that your organization considers how “cloud” data is backed up locally.
What is Disaster Recovery? Inclement weather, power outages, water damage, fire, human error, and disgruntled employees are all examples of informational technology (IT) disasters. Disaster Recovery is not just being able to save your data, or retrieve it from a network or a Cloud provider. Disaster Recovery is how quickly, efficiently and completely that data will be restored so you can continue to access all applications and data you had immediately prior to the outage. It should be as easy as flipping a switch.
What can happen? When disaster strikes, it can threaten your IT infrastructure, including networks, hardware, software, and processes.
Can it be prevented? Although no one knows when disaster will strike, it is critical to every organization to have a good Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan in place. In the event of an IT disaster, your organization should be able to access any and all of your data and applications quickly and seamlessly, without loss of time.
What are the top components of a Disaster Recovery Plan?
- The top components of a disaster recovery plan should include a way to secure and preserve your data. If your data isn’t secured, then any information that your network contains can be lost or corrupted if it fails.
- Regular data backups are another part of any good recovery plan. These backups can help prevent having to rebuild projects from scratch in the event of any disaster.
- Quick detection of an issue is another way to prevent any mishap from turning into a major disaster.
- Another top component of disaster recovery is having offsite data backups to keep things running smoothly in the event of any calamity. Secondary resources, like an alternate line of communication to use in the event of the loss of the primary phone network, can help keep things running smoothly in the interim.
- Effective communication of your company’s disaster recovery plan to all employees is another vital aspect of being prepared to recover from a disaster, so that your employees know exactly what to do in the event of a disaster.
What are the benefits of a good Disaster Recovery plan?
- A good disaster recovery plan will enable your organization to remain productive, and with the quickest recovery possible, in the event of any type of disaster.
- It also provides a systematic approach to include the possible loss of one or more system components, including the business’s computer room environment, hardware, service provider connectivity, software applications, data, and restoration.
How often should the plan be tested? Test everything, and test often. Don’t wait until a disaster happens to see if your plan works.
What do I have to lose? Without a Disaster Recovery Plan – everything. Your business could experience financial losses due to overtime pay, lost revenue, equipment rentals, payment guarantees, loss of reputation, and stock prices, just to name a few. What would happen to your business right now, if you were to go over to your network and just flip the switch?