Why Your Company Needs a Solid Backup and Disaster Recovery Strategy

Why Your Company Needs a Solid Backup and Disaster Recovery Strategy

According to a study conducted Dell EMC in 2014, data loss and downtime were costing businesses around the world an average of $1.7 trillion per year. What this statistic proves is that many businesses are still not adequately prepared for data loss, whether it’s at the hands of a cybersecurity breach, a natural disaster, or simply human error. The fact is that data loss can happen for a multitude of reasons, no matter how well-prepared you think your company might be.

As companies become more reliant on digital information, it is more important now than ever to regularly audit your data backup solutions and disaster response plan. Doing so is essential to keep up with the evolution of your IT infrastructure and cybersecurity trends. Just a few years ago, most businesses relied on on-premises data storage devices, such as network-attached storage (NAS) systems for archiving data, and keeping a backup of important files. But what happens if that system is damaged by a hurricane, flood or wildfire?

Off-Site Backup Solutions

If your office were to experience a disaster, there is always a possibility that all in-house data storage assets will fail too. Are you prepared for such an eventuality? According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of businesses never reopen after a disaster, and an additional 25% fail within the first year of reopening. With digital data being the single most valuable asset in a lot of modern companies, it is important that your disaster response plan allows you to recover quickly.

Despite how they are often marketed, backup services are not a “set it and forget it” solution. You should constantly be aware of what information is being backed up, where it is stored, and how often it is backed up. To minimize the risk of human error and to ensure your data is kept safe even if disaster strikes your office, you also need to store at least one copy of your data off site.

Even at its most basic, off-site backups management is no simple task. With Athens Micro, you can enjoy the benefits of cloud-based backup and disaster recovery services without the tedious and technical management they require. We will ensure your entire backup strategy is regularly revised and audited to meet industry standards, which for example require that off-site storage be spread across multiple servers in different locations. All it takes is one quick meeting to go over your priorities and discuss the solutions we offer and how these solutions can help you be better prepared in the event of a disaster.

Defining Your Disaster Recovery Parameters

The $1.7 trillion figure from Dell’s study included the cost of downtime caused by unexpected outages and data losses. Downtime typically ends up costing even more than the lost data itself. Every disaster recovery plan should define two very important parameters: a recovery point objective (RPO) and a recovery time objective (RTO).

Defining RPO and RTO objectives will help you choose the most suitable data backup and disaster response plan for your needs. If your current plan doesn’t have those two variables baked directly into its framework, it’s probably a generic plan that lacks the customizations specific to your industry and region.

Recovery Point Objectives

Your RPO describes the point at which your data was last backed up. In other words, it describes the amount of data that you can afford to lose without your business suffering unacceptable consequences. This figure will vary enormously between businesses and different industries. For some companies, rolling back 24 hours might be just fine but; if the stakes are much higher, even a couple hours might translate into an unacceptable volume of data loss.

Recovery Time Objectives

RTO refers to the amount of time it will take to execute and complete your disaster recovery plan. It defines how long it should take for your systems to get back up and running to full capacity. Again, a suitable RTO will be very different from one company to the next, and you may even need to specify multiple RTOs for different departments. For example, you might be able to do without some systems for a few days while you concentrate on getting core business systems back to normal functioning.

Athens Micro provides a convenient and reliable automated data backup solution that eliminates the risk of human error and ensures you always have a copy of your data stored safely off site. If you’re looking for a solution that ensures your backups are consistently successful and readily available in any eventuality, give us a call today or visit us here at our office in Watkinsville.

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