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Backup and Disaster Recovery

Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster? Can You do Business Without Your Data?

Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster? Can You do Business Without Your Data?

Backup and Disaster Recovery are vitally important because disasters can come in many forms – and they can happen when you least expect it. The important thing is to be prepared so critical data can be recovered and your organization can become operational as soon as possible.

A well-defined data backup and disaster recovery plan plays a crucial role in minimizing downtime in a disaster and preventing data loss in the event of server or application failure.

Backup and Disaster Recovery

Backup and Disaster Recovery are vitally important because disasters can come in many forms – and they can happen when you least expect it. The important thing is to be prepared so critical data can be recovered and your organization can become operational as soon as possible.

Your data may be customer records, or possibly customer orders. If you create custom projects for each customer, your data is vital to the day-to-day operation of your business, and any kind of data loss would have a detrimental effect.

There’s a chance you already have a backup process in place, and that’s a great start. Maybe you backup daily to tape, or USB, or some other kind of media. If you store this backup media in your building, and it’s your only backup, it may still be susceptible to damage from fire and natural disasters.

Your backup may also be out of date – do you perform backups hourly, daily, weekly, monthly…yearly? Can your business withstand losing the amount of data you’ve created in the gap since your last backup? Regular backups are great, but only if they are in line with the amount of data you create.

A well-defined data backup and disaster recovery plan play a crucial role in minimizing downtime in a disaster and preventing data loss in the event of server or application failure. With comprehensive backup and disaster recovery solutions available to businesses of all sizes, there is no reason for you not to protect your investment in your business.

 

Protect Your Business

You may believe that your business is safe and that all your vital data is unlikely to be lost. However, there are multiple ways in which data can be lost forever:

  • Fires
  • Floods
  • Power outages
  • Hurricanes
  • Human error
  • Thieves & hackers
  • Cyber Security Attacks

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Fire, floods, and hurricanes can damage or destroy the media that your data is saved to, whether it’s a dedicated server or a backup device. Power outages can corrupt data that is stored on hard drives – and then there are the human problems to consider.

A simple error, an unfortunate random click, and accidental drag-and-drop can delete your data in the blink of an eye. A malicious intervention from data thieves and hackers can erase everything you’ve ever created. Even malware and viruses can erase your data, or worse, put it behind a paywall so you can no longer access it.

What value can you put on your data? How long would it take you to recreate it if you had to start from nothing? How much better would it be if you had a disaster recovery plan in place?

 

Cost-Effective Network Backup and Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery is exactly what the name suggests, the ability to get your business up and running again after a disaster. What makes a true disaster recovery solution is the ability to restore full systems quickly, in a matter of hours or even minutes, on available computing resources which may be local, but may also be remote if the situation dictates.

Having a spare computer isn’t the issue – it’s the ability to get to the information that makes running your business possible that is the important part. Only 6% of companies that suffer catastrophic data loss survive, while 43% never reopen – and 51% close within 2 years of the disaster. 93% of the companies that did not have their data backed up in the event of a disaster went out of business. (Best’s Underwriting Guide)

If only 7% of businesses survive after massive data loss, what are the chances of your business being one of the lucky ones? A full and comprehensive backup and disaster recovery strategy are necessary to keep your business operational. There’s no need to let all your hard work go to waste when a simple backup strategy can save the potential pain data loss can cause.

We offer the following solutions to our customers:

  • On-site and Offsite Solutions
  • Data Center Monitoring
  • PC & Server Local Backup Monitoring
  • PC & Server Offsite Replication Monitoring
  • Offsite Storage (critical files & folders)
  • Physical Security of Backup Data
  • Storage Redundancy  with Multiple Units
  • Data Center Equipment
  • Data Recovery Test

With the provision of both onsite and offsite solutions, your data will be safe no matter what happens. Storage redundancy further enhances the safety of your data by keeping backup copies across multiple instances of storage media – even if one fails, the backup is still available from the other media.

At the end of the day, your company is asking for trouble by not having the proper data backup and recovery solutions in place. There is no need to face a risk like this when you can protect the future of your business by keeping backups and having a robust disaster recovery plan in place.

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Why backup PCs?

Many businesses operate with a server at the center of their network. This is where all the files, folders, and information are stored, making the server the most important part of the network, and therefore the device that is most commonly backed up.

While this makes perfect sense, users never go to the server directly. They always access the data through their own computer which makes the PC a vital piece of equipment for the user.

Should the PC fail, it’s a simple matter of replacing it with a new one and carrying on, right? Wrong!

Factor in how long it will take to reinstall all the applications that were installed on the original PC, adapting all the settings and preferences to provide the custom environment the user had configured, and ensuring that all security software, updates, and patches are installed.

Bringing a PC back online with a backup/disaster recovery plan can be much faster, much more effective, and much less disruptive to the user and the rest of the business.

Disaster recovery is all about getting everything back to normal as quickly as possible with minimal disruption to your employees and no disruption at all to your customers. Can you be certain that if your customers need a response in a hurry that they will still be your customer when you’ve fully reinstalled a PC? Or would be prepared with a disaster recovery plan be the most sensible course of action?

Your customers only remain with you as long as you can provide a service, so make sure there are no interruptions to your service with full PC backups.

 

Get backing up now!

We offer backup solutions for all kinds of businesses that are set up to work with the needs and requirements of your business. Your data is valuable, and in most cases irreplaceable. Don’t risk your livelihood simply because you didn’t back up your data.

The best time to start backing up your data was yesterday, but it’s never too late to get started. Let a member of the Visual Edge IT team help you to protect what you’ve worked so hard to build over the years.

Contact us today to get started with your own custom backup and disaster recovery plan. You may not need it today, but when disaster strikes in the future, you’ll be glad you took the time to prepare your business.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between backup and disaster recovery?

Backup recovers is when you make an extra copy of specific data in order to protect this data from being lost. Usually, this is done to restore the data in the event of some sort of corruption, software malfunction, or even accident within the workplace. On the other hand, disaster recovery is what your IT department plans to do in the event of some sort of outage. These departments typically have a plan in place for if the whole system stops working at any point.

What are the 3 types of backups?

There are three basic types of backups.

  • Full backup is a type of backup that allows you to have a complete copy of data, programs, settings, and applications on a device
  • Incremental backup is a type of backup that records the changes to files, settings, programs etc. that have happened on a device since the last backup was completed.
  • Lastly, a differential backup refers to backing up files that have changed since the last full backup.
  • What is disaster recovery in IT?

    In a business, the IT department should have a disaster recovery plan in place. In the event that either a natural or an employee inflicted disaster causes the infrastructure to fail, there is a plan for recovery from this event. Usually, this disaster recovery plan includes specific information regarding the procedures, policies, and processes including the persons responsible for their implementation.

    What are the types of disaster recovery?

    There are quite a few different types of disaster recovery plans in IT.

  • The simplest is called a backup-only disaster recovery plan. Each day, the system will store data from the day in the event of a disaster.
  • Another type of disaster recovery is known as a cold site, which requires the company to rent a separate space already equipped with what is needed for IT.
  • Similarly, a hot site plan also requires another location, but is already equipped with back-up copies of the company’s data ready to go at a moment’s notice.
  • What is the best method for disaster recovery?

    The answer to this question will fall largely on the way that your business is run as well as many other questions that must be answered for your business. Most businesses opt for a simple type of data back-up that allows the to simply recover the necessary processes to run the business in the event that infrastructure fails.

    What are five major elements of a typical disaster recovery plan?

    There are five basic elements that you need in order to create your disaster recovery plan:

  • A disaster recovery team consisting of employees with various areas of expertise.
  • The team evaluates and documents risks associated with various disasters.
  • The team identifies and outlines the critical programs, data, and functions of the company needed after a disaster.
  • The team determines the back-up procedures both on-site and off-site in the event of a disaster.
  • Periodically, the team will test the disaster recovery plan to ensure the best possible plan is still in place.