Businesses now have an ever-increasing dependency on electronic data as part of their daily operation, data created by employees across the sites daily, hourly, needs to be protected from external dangers such as hackers, server failure or natural disasters. Because of this, many businesses need assistance in creating a business continuity plan to make their private data easily recoverable.
Businesses must consider protecting and recovering data from not only servers but all other devices, especially with the increasing popularity of tablets and smartphones, in order to implement a complete business continuity plan that backs up and restores data with the lowest RTO (Recovery Time Object)
How does data loss occur and impact your business?
Disasters and data loss simply can’t be anticipated. Any company is vulnerable to some type of disruption, whether from:
- Hardware Failure
- Human Error
- Natural Disaster
Or other factors outside of your control. The lack of a business continuity plan doesn’t simply mean data loss, it’s the implications of that data loss that are critical:
What would it cost you if you lost all your data? Companies unable to resume operations within ten days of a disaster are not likely to survive the impact to customer service.
Cloud vs Traditional Backup Solutions
You may think you have a backup solution in place, but is your solution good enough to quickly return your business to normal after a disaster? If that solution is only disk or tape, think again. Outdated solutions are simply that: Outdated. A solution is needed that incorporates automation and will keep your business prepared for a quick recovery, or low RTO (Recovery Time Objective) in the face of disruption. A proper backup solution is only as good as its recovery.
Automated Off-Premise – Never worry about having to remind yourself to take tapes drives or hard disks home with you after a day’s work, backing up data to the cloud is automated and you set the backup frequencies and retention periods.
Extended capabilities, with cloud you can instantly restore to a virtual instance off premise so that the business operates as usual, while work gets underway to resolve the problem with the server or PC that crashed.
For your company to become resilient to disaster, your business needs a quick and dependable system to restore systems regardless of any situation. Choose a solution that encrypts your data transfers end-to-end, and one that hosts it in a truly secure datacenter.
How Cloud Backup Works
Cloud backup compliments the 3-2-1 rule of backup by making the management of a backup system easier. Data is deduplicated and moved offsite over your business internet connection through an encrypted connection for protection, to a storage service provider. The data is stored privately and you can self-manage or have the data managed for you.
Seeing that the technology being used is Cloud, a backup service can support many types of requirements for both small and medium business. Let’s take a look at just some of these.
For Small to Medium business
For business with a single site and handful of people you can backup business data to a local storage point, copies are then synchronized with a cloud backup repository securely over your internet connection. Manage and Restore immediately lost data with 24/7 support options.
Figure 1 – Example of site or handful of PC users.
For a business with multiple office’s or stores consolidate all your data to local storage NAS or SAN, data can be directly synchronized with a cloud backup repository and add device backups for remote workers all to your storage pool to give your business more flexibility in its data management and restore options. For operations where 24/7 systems uptime is a must, consider adding a disaster failover service.
Figure 2 – Example of multi-site and remote worker/s.
For Virtual Server Environments
Whether you run Mircosoft Hyper-V or VMware ESX environments, the complex data storage requirement’s you have are easily accommodated for with storage technology specifically designed to cater for every need of the modern datacentre. Self-management systems make it easier to keep costs down and utilize your existing resources or move to a managed service where the day to day responsibilities are taken care for you.
Extend your business ability to recover quickly from a disaster by adding a failover service to the backup repository.
Figure 3 – Example of Virtual server infrastructure cloud backup.
These are just some of the things to consider and think about when figuring out where to start. If you want to know how to get started and need backup for your business soon speak with a technical specialist today about it. Naevette has self-manged and managed cloud backup service options to suit you.