Do you have a backup and disaster recovery plan in place?
98% of companies do not backup ALL of their data, 70% are not fully confident in their backup and recovery operations and 36% do not back up their virtual servers as often as their physical servers.
By David Todd & Simon Hunter
If you fall into any of these categories make sure you upgrade your disaster recovery plan today and start to backup all your data.
What is backup?
A backup is a second copy of all your important files.
To paraphrase Liza Minnelli in Cabaret, “Data makes the world go round”, and losing access to that data could be disastrous for you and your customers.
Your company’s data is likely to be in several locations: locally on people’s computers, on physical and virtual servers in your data centre and on one or more of the web giant’s servers in the cloud. Each of these requires the correct backup method.
What should I backup?
When you consider which data to backup, it’s not just the obvious things like files and databases, but configurations as well. What about that server that someone in the team set up a few years ago and spent weeks getting the configuration just so? Or there’s all the time that was spent creating group policies in Active Directory to make computers look and behave exactly as you need.
In case of hardware failure, malware, accidental misconfiguration, or anything else that takes these services down, it’s important for you to be able to restore quickly and be confident that what you’ve restored will work.
IT Naturally recommend you apply the 3-2-1 rule of backup:
- 3 sets of data, (production and 2 copies)
- 2 backup copies
- 1 backup copy in a geographically separate location (this could in another cloud)
- You Could Lose Your Whole Business: Over 40% of businesses that have a major data loss are forced to close, for the other 60% there is a significant fiscal impact with a long recovery. This can be down to the lack of an effective data recovery plan, it’s one thing to back up your data but you also need to fully test that you can restore this data and recover your systems in good time.
- To Save Time: Your back up plan will have an enormous impact on the time and complexity of the recovery process. Even with just a small data loss, with the need to recover individual files and folders, without the correct back up in the right location could mean 3-4 hours just recovering a word document. According to a recent IBM Security report the average breach lifecycle was 280 days (about 9 months) in 2020. Time is Money.
- Peace of Mind: If your company has solid backup and recovery processes in place, there’s peace of mind that you are ready in the event of any type of data loss. For the IT manager and their team, this gives confidence that you are in control of all aspects of your company. Whatever size your business is, regular backups are essential.
Backup and recovery technology is changing rapidly, Gartner’ says by 2022, 40 percent of organisations will replace their backup applications from what they deployed at the beginning of 2018.
Remember, your backup is a ‘copy’ of your company data and is the heart of your business and needs protecting.
Need help with a strategic backup plan? It’s all part of the service here at IT Naturally. One size doesn’t fit all we make it work for your business.