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Is Your Backup and Recovery Strategy Solid?

Is Your Backup and Recovery Strategy Solid?

Does your business know what it takes to complete data backups and restore data following a disaster? It’s one of the most important parts of managing a business, especially in a world where hackers and mistakes can happen in a moment’s notice. Do you know how to ensure that your business is as secure as possible in the event of a disaster? A good place to start is understanding the various terminology associated with data backup and disaster recovery.

Recovery Point Objective (RPO)
If your data was lost due to fire, theft, ransomware, user error, etc., how much data would you lose? Asked another way, when was the last time your data was backed up? The answer to this question is determined by your backup’s Recovery Point Objective, or RPO. An RPO of four hours would mean your data is always backed up within the last four hours, meaning if all your data was destroyed, you would lose at most the last four hours of data.

That is why it’s critical for your organization’s leadership to decide how much data is acceptable to be lost in the event of a disaster. Some organizations can afford to lose one day worth of data, and thus would be happy with a backup system providing a twenty-four-hour RPO, as they can rebuild the lost data using other methods like such as paper forms and other data systems. However, for many organizations an RPO of twenty-four hours would be unacceptable as they have no way of re-inputting the lost data, or to do so would be cost-prohibitive. Most of our clients run their entire operation using technology and need a maximum RPO of anywhere from one to fifteen minutes.

The type of data backup you implement will have a major impact on the RPO it’s capable of achieving. For example, tape backup has long been a staple in the business environment, but it is resource-intensive and can only backup your data during your business’s off-hours, resulting in a twenty-four-hour RPO. This means that you could potentially lose an entire day’s worth of data in the event of a disaster, which is much more than if you were to implement a cloud-based backup system.

Recovery Time Objective (RTO)
Once you have found out what portion of your data you can recover in the event of a data loss incident, you’ll then want to determine how long it will take to restore your data, or your backup’s recovery time objective, or RTO. You want to have a clear idea of how long it will take to get back in action following a major data loss incident. Any time that your business isn’t operating as usual is time that’s not being spent productive, which results in downtime, also known as one of the most dangerous things for any business in the wake of a critical data loss incident.

Your goal should be to minimize downtime whenever possible, which includes ditching your tape backup solution or manual hard-drive swapping regimen and replacing it with one which allows for a quick and efficient restoration process. Cloud-based backup and disaster recovery (BDR) allows for minimum downtime by allowing automatic backups every fifteen minutes or less. This is just one way that BDR can allow for maximum recovery with minimal downtime and loss on your business’s part.

Does your business need to implement a more dynamic data backup and disaster recovery system? A cloud-based BDR is the answer. To learn more, or to verify we are already providing Cloud BDR to your organization, reach out to us at (702) 720-1700.

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