Data Backup and Recovery
Think of all the work that is produced in just one day at the office. Could you do business if all that history were wiped away?
Payroll, time sheets, documents, employee records, customer data, artwork files, email transcripts, images, video, scans of documents – the list is endless. These things are also the heartbeat of any business. A good back up system is what every business needs in order to ensure it’s continuity when things get go wrong – from a disaster to virus to user error and everything in between.
It is our job as your IT administrator to make sure that backups are performed and that backup tapes are stored in a secure location.
Data backup is an insurance plan. Important files are accidentally deleted all the time. Mission-critical data can become corrupt. Natural disasters can leave your office in ruin. With a solid backup and recovery plan, you can recover from any of these. Without one, you’re left with nothing to fall back on.
We Create Custom Backup Plans
In order to create a custom plan for your business, we first need discover and prioritize the following information:
What data is important, what is not?
And for critical data, such as a database, you’ll want to have redundant backup sets that extend back for several backup periods. For less important data, such as daily user files, you won’t need such an elaborate backup plan, but you’ll need to back up the data regularly and ensure that the data can be recovered easily.
How often does it change and when?
If the data changes daily, it should be backed up daily. Scheduling backups when system use is as low as possible will speed the backup process.
How quickly do you need to recover data?
Some backups can be instant, others may take some time to download – especially if you have no internet connection. Prioritizing the recovery plan helps determine where to store what data.
What equipment do you need?
You must have backup hardware to perform backups. To perform timely backups, you may need several backup devices and several sets of backup media – either on site, off site or in the Cloud.
Where should back ups be stored?
Storing copies of backups off-site or in a remote location is essential to recovering your systems in the case of a natural disaster. In your off-site storage location, you should also include copies of the software you may need to install to reestablish operational systems if not already in the Cloud. Storing copies on-site or locally is helpful for a more rapid recovery.