As a business owner you need to ask yourself, is your company prepared in the event of technology failure? Do you have the proper steps in place to ensure your business will be able to recover and function as intended? What we mean is a server unit or hardware failure that results in a loss of data. Other events occur (natural disasters, data breaches), but the result is the same. To make sure you’re completely prepared, your business needs a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution in place.
The event that causes data loss doesn’t need to be complicated; it can be as simple as a hacking attack or user error. Even these little things can create significant complications for your business. It’s easy to understand why it’s essential to have a data backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution in place. Any data loss event could leave your business scrambling to pick up the pieces. Let’s see how data backup used to be done and how advancements in technology have made it better.
Traditional Data Backup
Data backups have traditionally been physical reels with magnetic tape that stores the company data. The reels are kept on-site for easy access in case of an emergency. It makes sense to have the data backup on-site to be able to recover it when it’s needed. However, tape is a horribly inefficient way to backup your company’s data. If you lose your data, it could take hours just to restore. The downtime that occurs while waiting for the data restore means less time working. This just accounts for your technology failing. If anything were to happen to the physical tapes, your data would be completely lost with no way to recover it. An event like this could be crippling to a small business.
Cloud-Based Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR)
The perfect solution for your business’ data and backup disaster recovery plan is to set up a cloud-based backup and disaster recovery (BDR) system. The cloud-based data backup is much more efficient than the old tape reels. Backups occur more frequently by taking advantage of snapshot-based backups. A snapshot-based backup only occurs when information changed since the last backup was taken. This means you get more backups throughout the day. Some as often as every fifteen minutes. Having frequent backups means the potential of large amounts of data being lost is drastically decreased. With these backups, your data is on-site and in the cloud, making access easy.
The benefit of using a cloud-based BDR is that you can restore data to any connected device. This includes the BDR device itself. Regardless of what caused the data loss, you’ll have access to the backup the minute you need it. Instant access means you’ll have minimal downtime which gets your employees back to work.