Ensuring you have a quality backup and disaster recovery system in place is vital to keep your organisation running smoothly. 90% of companies who lose data during equipment failure or other disasters are out of business within just two years.
Marketing decisions, strategic planning, customer relationships and other important data should be kept secure and accessible at all times. You wouldn’t leave your business premises unlocked overnight; your computer data should be no different.
What are my options when it comes to backing up data?
With so many backup systems available, it can be difficult to know which option is right for your business.
Offsite backup is often favoured as it’s a simple, affordable option. Installation can be completed by a qualified technician in minutes and all your backups are encrypted, compressed, password protected and sent to two or three different centres to ensure data is protected.
Traditionally, many businesses have kept all data on their own hard drives. Offsite storage is replacing this option, providing your business with a secure, remote facility which you can connect to anywhere via the internet.
Backing up data using an online cloud-based system means your files are always accessible and can be restored easily, giving you the ability to work anywhere at any time.
Keeping your files secure is ultimately all about reducing risks for your company. By using our local backup server, your system will be restored in just two hours, recovering your data quickly and easily when you need it most.
Backing up data is a critical factor in ensuring your system operates to the highest standard. However, it is also an area which is often neglected and forgotten about. We carry out regular assessments of our clients’ systems, ensuring backup and recovery procedures are working efficiently and are the right option for their business.
Cloud Storage Solutions have revolutionized the way we store our data. They have also provided more options when it comes to data backup and recovery. To learn more about cloud solutions, read our article about The Business Benefits of Cloud Computing for SMEs.
How do I execute a disaster recovery plan?
Asking yourself what would happen in the event of a disaster? What would you do if your server crashed or your office burnt down? Your employees need to know how to respond in these situations so tasks are covered efficiently.
Disaster recovery plans should focus on keeping any irreplaceable data safe. Writing up and testing these procedures is a crucial part of business continuity management. Focus on setting realistic recovery objectives. When an accident occurs you’ll want to be up and running again as soon as possible – certain procedures can take days or even weeks to recover all your data.
When outlining the plan you should also check your insurance policy details as they may be able to help you with any loss of income, depending on the type of disaster.
Testing the continuity plan regularly is a must. This will allow you to highlight any problems and improve the procedure, so your businesses can run smoothly and effectively at all times.