backup & disaster recovery.
protect your data.
What happens when you lose your data? Are you able to recover? How long can you be down for? What impact does it have on your business? In the event that data is lost, corrupted or compromised, are you able to restore or recover?
These are questions that having a backup plan can address.
A Backup is a copy of data.
There are many systems and products out there that do the job, but having the right feature set for you requirements should not be over looked.
When backing up data, you’ll be able to choose the frequency, retention, backup type, etc.
Depending on the type of storage, you can also backup to an external hard drive, network attached storage (NAS), dedicated backup server/storage, cloud, etc.
Mix and match the storage types to have multiple copies for redundancy.
With the large amount of backup products and strategies available, we’ll help you find one that suits your business.
Disaster recovery expands on backups by fulfilling business continuity objectives.
Having defined Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO), you’ll be able to figure out what backup and disaster recovery product will meet your requirements.
RPO – maximum targeted period in which data (transactions) might be lost from an IT service due to a major incident.
RTO – maximum amount of time allowed before service must be restored to allow the business to continue.
Creating a disaster recovery plan that addresses the RPO and RTO of the business continuity plan will ensure that your objectives are reached and you are back up and running within the allowed time frames.
Depending on your disaster recovery plan, you’ll be able to utilise many products that offer features like offsite backup and recovery, restoring backup to virtual machine, replication, and more.
All these features available from different vendors will help you fulfil any disaster recovery plan requirements.
Following best practices and expanding on it, you’ll be covered and have a backup plan that covers you for a complete disaster situation.
The original 3-2-1 backup rule is a general guideline that most business should follow.
This rule means the following: 3 copies of data 2 copies on different mediums 1 copy offsite.
We’ve evaluated this and agree that this should be the 3-2-2 rule.
With the last one being 2 offsite copies of data.
Following the 3-2-2 revised backup rule, you’ll have redundant backups to ensure that you are never left in a situation where you have to start again from zero.
There are other security practices for backups such as encryption for data at rest and data in transit.
If you have requirements for encryption of backups, you should reach out to your IT partner and get them to help you with your backup and disaster recovery plan.