It’s no industry secret that one of the most important technology pieces is a data backup solution. However, this is like saying that every business should have a plant. The type of plant, and (by extension) the type of data backup, does matter. You want a data backup that is more like a peace lily or a cactus, hardy and resilient, and less like a basil plant or orchid, high-maintenance and requiring very specific conditions to prosper.
In today’s blog, we’ll go over a few basic considerations, if you want a data backup that you can trust.
Keep Your Backup Safe
Your backup is more than just an insurance policy for your business operations. In a disaster or other cause of data loss, your backup essentially takes your business’s place, allowing you to recover more quickly with fewer consequences. This means that your backup needs to be kept safe. The first step to doing so is to make sure your data backup is stored separately from your primary data storage. After all, a backup that is damaged by the same disaster that damaged the original data is hardly worth maintaining. Cloud-based backups are especially effective at preserving your data in a major disaster.
Develop a Disaster Recovery Strategy
How quickly could your business return to full operation after undergoing a disaster? While establishing an off-site backup to preserve your data is a good start, you also need to have a plan in place that will allow you to put that data to use, as quickly as possible. This is where it is useful to have a disaster recovery strategy, as it allows you to proactively prepare for circumstances that would otherwise lead to data loss, wasted time, and decreased productivity.
Make Sure Everything Works
Imagine what it would be like to go through the entire process of establishing an offsite backup, only to have it fail when you rely on it. Fortunately, this can be avoided through some simple tests to ensure that the backup works effectively. You’ll be happy you did, if you ever find yourself in the position that you need to restore from a backup, and it works.
If you can’t trust your data backup, it needs to be modified. CTN Solutions can help. Reach out to us at (610) 828-5500.