Data Protection Uptime and Recovery

April 28, 2016

Article 3As time goes on, more and more businesses have begun using some form of technology in their daily operations. It could be as simple as using a smartphone to communicate faster with co-workers or business associates, or it could be utilizing desktops and laptops in a network to run business operations. Due to the prevalence of technology in our day-to-day life – continuity is also important for every business. Many small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) however, have few options at a comfortable price point to fully consider the worst case scenario when it comes to business protection. So what exactly is important for the SMB to understand? Here are some different solutions to help you make a
informed decision for your business.

A common approach to data backup

Data backup solutions are widely available and can be easily found by conducting a “backup providers” search on Google. Carbonite and Mozy are two examples of more well-known backup service providers. Smaller companies generally tend to be more mindful of cost structures and cannot easily afford robust systems or multiple locations to prepare for worst case scenarios. It is more important for SMBs and mid-enterprise businesses to find easy-to-deploy backups and recovery solutions that are resilient for critical applications. During your research of online solutions, it is important to review what level of uptime is available for the more important elements of your business: servers, email systems, and customer databases.

If you’re looking for simple – file storage is your solution

There are three types of file storage options. The most simple to deploy comes with the purchase of an external hard drive. This is a cost effective solution for a desktop system and can offer additional storage space for files that take up a lot of space. The downside to external hard drives is that since it is at the desktop level, file sharing isn’t as easily transferred. There is the potential of versioning issues if the file resides on both the desktop and the external hard drive. Another option is using an online backup storage like those mentioned above. Research should be extensive enough to qualify that the online storage will fit business needs for restoration if business systems are compromised. Online services often lack time-sensitive system recovery options or virtual recovery capabilities. The third option is a Network Attached Storage (NAS). This option is a file-level computer data storage server connected.

In case of recovery

The Backup Disaster Recovery (BDR) solution is a hybrid solution that addresses the three main concerns for data: protection, uptime and recovery. When researching this solution, first determine what type of backup will need to be conducted after the initial full backup is completed. Implementing an incremental backup solution is crucial for two reasons: it speeds up the time to complete a recurring backup because only new or changed data is backed up and more importantly, recovery time is reduced. The final component to consider is the infrastructure of the location where backup is being stored. What type of redundancy storage is available? What kind of data checks are available? Are there scanning elements built in to avoid potential data loss?

High Touch can minimize the confusion to help you find the right solution for protecting your company data and provide options for improving uptime and recovery of critical businesses operations.

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