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.
We’ll walk you through five steps to put together the ideal data backup solution for your business.
Determining Your Backup Needs
Before you even back up one bit of data, you will have to identify your backup needs. This is your chance to take stock of your organization’s data. What data is critical to your organization’s operations? How much of that data will need to be backed up? You can’t implement a backup solution without knowing what you’re going to use it for. You’ll also need to plan for the future. You don’t want a backup system that won’t work a few years down the road.
Your company’s industry will play a big part in determining your backup solution. A competitive, growing industry will require a backup solution that can be restored quickly, no matter the size or format. Regulations may dictate what data has priority to ensure client and customer information is secure.
Determine Your Budget
With our backup needs set, it’s time to find the solution that works around those needs. Backup solutions come in a variety of shapes and sizes, that also means each solution comes at a range of price points. This is where things get a little tricky. You’ll have a budget to stick to, and it may be tempting to cut corners to stay under that budget. However, if your business loses its data and can’t recover it properly, were the savings worth it?
While you won’t make money off your backups, you’ll save money in the long-term investing in a quality solution.
Selecting a Platform
Backup solutions have evolved since the days of a simple hard drive or tape backup. While those are still used, more businesses are looking to the cloud for their backup storage needs. Ease of access and hosting options have made the cloud more popular than ever.
Making Your Recovery Plan
Having a backup means nothing if you can’t recover it when it’s needed. Having a recovery plan is just as important as having the backup. A recovery plan lets everyone involved know the exact role they play in the recovery process. Every plan needs to include important information, like the prioritization of data and what happens after data restoration.
Test Your Backups
It’s repeated time and time, but practice makes perfect. Frequently testing your data backup and recovery strategy will ensure it works when you need it most. Testing will allow you to work out any inefficiencies, get everyone on the same page, and reassure you that no matter what, your company can bounce back after a data loss event.
Are you looking to improve your backup and disaster recovery solutions? If so, call IT Support Guys today. Our team of specialists will work with you to find the exact backup solution to fit your business’ needs. Talk with a specialist today at 855-4IT-GUYS (855-448-4897).