Data redundancy – How prepared is your business?

Data backup systems serve as insurance in case something catastrophic happens to your server (or key computer).  What happens when a hard drive crashes, a computer virus corrupts your files, a fire destroys the building and all of its computers or a burglar walks off with your server? Is your ‘Cloud Data’ secure from collapse of that provider company?

If you have a good, recent backup, you can get back up and running quickly. Without one, you could be out of business or face serious disruptions.  That said, data backups are not created equally. The best data backup solutions cover the three R’s: Redundancy, Reliability, and Recovery.
We mean having more than one copy. Think of it like having a backup of your backup. Redundancy provides an extra measure of protection should something go awry with your backup.

Reliability is equally important. Does your backup actually happen as planned? Is the data recoverable? Is it backing up the right data in the first place? When it comes to reliability, we actually have two more R’s we want to mention: recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO).
RPO refers to the data than needs to be restored in order to get your business back up. RTO refers to the amount of time to perform the recovery before your business becomes adversely affected by downtime.
The crucial test of a redundant, reliable backup solution involves whether or not recovery is possible. It doesn’t do any good to have a backup medium that won’t actually restore your data in a timely manner.
Few businesses can afford to lose data or disrupt their services for more than a few hours. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you with a secure, reliable data backup and disaster recovery solution.
Contact your local IT solutions company to review your redundancy.

Adapted from a American article from a commercial provider –

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