While data backup is a necessary component to any modern business’ success, the idea itself certainly isn’t modern. The act of protecting information dates back to before dates were even an inkling, when humanity was still writing data on cave walls to preserve it and notching animal bones to aid in primitive mathematics. Let’s review the history of data preservation, and how we’ve gotten to our current point.
Running a business without a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) strategy in place would be like jumping out of a plane without a parachute. It’s unheard of. You run the risk of losing more than just your business’ data. A data loss event has the potential to create a situation that would make it nearly impossible for your company to recover from. For the longest time, a tape backup was the most prominent data backup solution. Today we look at the tape backup and why they are a less than ideal solution to your backup needs.
In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to worry about losing your business’ data. Every bit of information you need to would be available to you forever. The truth is, data can be lost at any moment, without any warning. How do you prepare? With a backup and recovery solution built around your business’ specific needs.
So, your business has a backup of all your critical data and information. That’s great, but it could be better. Having any backup is better than not having one at all, but not all backups are created equal. Now is the time to give your company’s backup and disaster recovery solution a good look. Today we are going to go over four things to consider when evaluating your backup and disaster recovery solution.
The threat of data loss for your business isn’t a pleasant thing to think about. However, being aware of the consequences could be the difference between getting back to business as usual quickly or losing your business altogether. That begins with your data backup and disaster recovery strategy. Today, we are going to talk about some backup and recovery prerequisites you’ll need to consider when building your plan.
As your small business moves its BDR solutions to the cloud, you may not see the use of having a physical data backup. After all, the cloud is secure, up-to-date, and always available. You won’t hear any debate about that from us. But to have the best backup and disaster recovery strategy for your business, you must be aware of every possible backup solution. This includes a simple physical backup.
Let’s talk about a modern-day, technological horror story: losing your smartphone. Did you instinctively check to make sure you still had it? Smartphones carry so much personal information that losing it could put your financial and social media accounts at risk. For businesses, employees losing company phones means your data would be vulnerable as well. Just how much information is stored on your smartphone? A lot.
There is nothing more debilitating to a company than data loss. Most companies think the only thing lost in a data loss event is vital information. After the data loss event and the restoration of your backups, you still must consider the lost productivity that comes because of the incident. Information and productivity are not the only things you’ll lose in the event lost data.
The ability to allow employees to work remotely has become more and more popular among businesses. It’s a practice that benefits both employees and business owners. A happy workforce is more productive, and the business reduces their office space footprint and saves costs associated with it. With your employees being spread around the city, state, or even country, you need to ensure that the data they send back and forth is secure. Implementing a virtual private network, or VPN, is a way to achieve data security while working out of the office.
Look at all your company’s data and information. To you, all of it is valuable. So, ask yourself. Would you be able to recover from a massive data loss? If you had to think about it, chances are you aren’t sure. It is imperative for a business to have a backup and recovery strategy in place to deal with worst-case scenarios, such as a data breach or natural disaster. While you think the chances of your business having to deal with this situation are slim, you would be surprised how common it is. Do you want to put your entire organization at risk? Let’s take a look at why it’s essential to have a backup and recovery strategy for your business.