Go Beyond Basic Data Backup to Disaster Recovery
- White Paper: Best Practices for Backup Disaster Recovery for SMBs
- Data Sheet: Symform Cloud Storage Network Overview
Backing up your critical company data is important, but it is only one part of a complete IT disaster recovery plan. Companies of all sizes need to reinforce their basic backup by considering how to ensure data protection and recovery in the event of a disaster. Threats to your business and your data range from acts of nature, such as earthquakes, blizzards, and hurricanes; to the more prosaic, such as flu epidemics, crashed servers, cars running into power poles; to simple data loss caused by employees walking out the door with laptops or USB drives. Think of backup and disaster recovery as an insurance policy for your data. Just as you would never consider driving a car without auto insurance, you shouldn’t use data without having data recovery insurance.
At the minimum, your Backup and Disaster Recovery plan should include:
- Continuous local backup for fast recovery of files in common data loss scenarios–accidental deletion, file corruption, etc.
- Regular offsite backup for recovery of files due to less common, but more dangerous, data loss situations–fire, theft, vandalism, etc.
The Three Cs of Data Protection
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the majority of small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) that experience catastrophic data losses never recover. Unlike the loss of physical assets, such as buildings and equipment, which can be replaced relatively quickly through insurance payouts, lost data offers very little recourse. A data protection solution must succeed in three aspects in order to meet the needs of businesses:
- Comprehensive – It must address all facets of data protection – human errors, hardware or software failures, and disasters such as theft, fire, flooding, etc.
- Convenience – It must be “set and forget.” Businesses are strapped for resources, so any solution that requires constant care will not be effective.
- Cost-effective – It must fit within the budget. Businesses have a very limited budget for IT overall, and data protection comprises only one part of an IT budget. Any solution must have a cost that doesn’t change dramatically from month to month–particularly as data increases over time.
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