We live in a data dependent world and therefore the need to backup all your vital data in case of a disaster is an all time necessity. No matter what size of business you are, every organization generate a large sum of data on a daily basis. Data can be corrupted, lost,stolen by means of a natural disaster or by means of any hardware failure, cyber attack or human error. Data loss will lead to extremely risky situations and needless to say it is costly also which eventually lead to business disruption.
Data backup and recovery is an integral part of the business continuity plan and developing a data backup strategy start with finding out which data to backup, selecting and implementing hardware and software , scheduling and conducting backups and making sure that data has been accurately backed up to ensure the safe run of business.
According to a recent research report, the total volume of data loss at the enterprise level has increased a lot more than the past couple of years and the trend doesn’t appear to be diminishing anytime soon.With the rise of big data, cloud computing and BYOD policies in the workplace, it is becoming increasingly challenging for businesses to protect their private data.
A recent survey conducted shows that the total volume of data loss at the enterprise level has increased tremendously than the previous years and the trend doesn’t appear to calm down anytime soon. Big data, cloud computing and BYOD practices in the workplace brings challenges for businesses,
All of us might have come across the famous proverb ” Prevention is better than cure”; but unfortunately this doesn’t make sense when it comes to preventing a cyber attack, natural disaster, technical or an uncontrollable human error.All you can do is protecting your business from data loss by adding a data backup and disaster recovery solution.
Define Your Goals
Before setting up any DRaaS , organizations should clearly define their needs.
“An untested plan is barely worth the paper it’s printed on.”
Selecting the right Tools
Having a strong backup and disaster recovery plan in place is vital for any organization in the enterprise, but that’s not enough to ensure the safety of your data.You need to make sure that your solution is ready to perform. Testing allows an organization to find out if there is any issue with the solution and every part of it works properly.
So, how often should you test?…
While there are no rules found yet, the more you perform the test, the more prepared you will be at the time of a disaster.
Types of DRaaS available
There are various types of backup available and the one you choose will generally depend on time, security and budget.
Memory stick devices are removable hard drives but these cheaper devices are unreliable and easy to lose and damage.data stored in it is usually not secured.When a backup is done the previous backup will over write thus only one version of the backup can be restored.
Tape backup is an old school solution for businesses with a reasonable amount of data to be backed up.You can perform daily, weekly and monthly backups but these are slow, both to backup and to restore. It is a manual process and the chances of occurring human error are high.
Online data backup is a popular choice for small and medium businesses as there is no need to purchase hardware or software, and it comes with a relatively smaller cost. You can choose the data you want to backup and it transferred in an encrypted format. This backup does not require any user intervention and you can restore all files at the click of a mouse.
Last but not the least make sure to test your copied data always, a backup will be ineffectual if it cannot restore in the right way.