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Do you have Disaster Recovery?

Do you have Disaster Recovery?

I have seen first-hand the impact on businesses that have not opted for a solid backup plan.  With this in mind I have put together recommendations to protect your company data.

There are two main things to consider when it comes to disaster recovery:

1. How can you secure all of your data?

2. How can you ensure that your employees are able to continue working quickly?

With these in mind I thought I would take a look at a range of solutions that you can implement which will help to secure your business from even the most extreme conditions.

There are plenty of areas to consider, so in this post I'm going to consider power, backups and recovery.

Power

Power cuts are quite a common problem for a lot of businesses. As well as turning out lights and power, a power cut can also damage your server. How? If your server is not powered-down correctly, data can be corrupted and drives can be damaged. There is a simple solution to this however; an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). This device is essentially a mains-powered battery which can continue providing power to the devices plugged into it during a short power cut. This will give you time to save any data and power down your server safely.

Backups

Backups are something that everyone should have in place, whether you are backing up your business-critical data or old company archives. I'm also a true believer in the idea that you can never have too many backups, so I would always advise on having multiple revisions of backups. Copies can be stored on an external hardrive, CDs, the cloud or paper! In a business environment, I would recommend that you have a copy of the data in one central location e.g. the server. This device should then be backed to a secure server in the cloud for quick recovery. This process provides protection from hardware failure, a disaster in the office, theft and data corruption. I would also recommend that backups are encrypted, especially if more than one user has access to the storage location.

Recovery

The most important part of the recovery process is that you actually had a recovery plan in the first place.  A disaster recovery plan (DRP) is a documented process or set of procedures to recover and protect a business IT infrastructure in the event of a disaster.

If you need to restore an earlier version of a file either from data corruption or accidental deletion, it is likely to be restored back to its original location pretty rapidly from the cloud. However, if you need to restore your data due to a server failure or theft, you may need an additional Server/NAS to restore this data to. This will depend on the backup option taken out as you can opt for file only backup or bare metal recovery.

If you can implement at least some of the changes I have described your organisation will be much more secure. If you are worried that your organisation may be vulnerable, or if you would like to implement any of the above or have a chat, give me a call on 0191 640 4783.

 

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