Backing Up Data Doesn’t Guarantee Disaster Recovery

Most business owners assume that just because they have backed up their data, that they can be retrieved in case of any data loss. The misconception is fueled by half-truths about data loss and data backups vis-à-vis data recovery. The misinformation is therefore out of ignorance on data backups, data loss, and data retrieval.  A business with this sort of misunderstanding could deploy expensive data backup strategies and cry foul when disaster strikes and the data recovery efforts prove futile.

Before committing to a data backup strategy, it’s imperative that you adopt a comprehensive data backup and data recovery strategy.

Data Backup
A redundant component that becomes functional contingent to the failure of the primary component is the accurate definition of a backup. The same applies to data. Your business collects various types of data from different sources. This data is useful in the strategic and operational decision-making of your organization. Consequently, this data includes sensitive private information of your customers, business partners, and other stakeholders, including your employees. Losing this data renders the company rudderless.  Copies of the same data are made to ensure continuity just in case the original data is affected.

Having an extra PC or having an external drive holding the same contents found in your PC is a basic example of a data backup. However, technology for business application is moving towards cloud-based backup solutions. Having cloud-based data backups allow remote accessibility from virtually everywhere where there is connectivity. Therefore, if for example a there was a break-in at your business premise and the burglars steal/vandalize your computers and servers for whatever reason, you will lose your primary data and its backup. But supposing you had the backup in the cloud, then you would be able to retrieve and utilize the data despite losing the servers and other gadgets holding the data.

Disaster Recovery
When you lose your data, disaster recovery efforts become the primary focus of your business. Having a data disaster recovery plan is therefore as crucial as having the data backup. The disaster recovery plan for data loss is tailored to provide strategic measures to be taken when recovering lost data in particular contexts. The importance of the comprehensive data backup and disaster recovery plan emerge at this point. An effective disaster recovery plan gives direction, specifies tools and techniques to apply in different scenarios.  The specific backup strategy that your business adopts could differ from other strategies.  The plan highlights what works in your context to ensure that your business is back on its feet after a relatively short downtime.

Two factors in data recovery should be put into perspective to suit the context of your business. They include:

  • Recovery time objective (RTO): -The time it takes to implement the data recovery solution to fruition.
  • Recovery point objective (RPO): -The specific areas that the disaster recovery will addresses e.g. file types.

An ideal data loss recovery solution should integrate the backup and recovery strategies. The backup should be hosted off-site, or in the cloud. This solution should be tailored to leverage both RPO and RTO to suit your business needs and context.

Innovative Tech’s Data Backup and Disaster Recovery solutions meet these conditions. They guarantee recovery of your organization’s data when you lose this vital resource. Our solutions are comprehensive and automated to provide seamless server switching in case of a problem with your primary server.

To find more information on how to protect your business from irreparable data losses, call us today.

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