Data backups, disasters and more – AGJ’s February Newsletter

February 20th, 2015

Choose the right data backup solution for your business

Data backups are awesome. When done right, you could experience a fire, see it extinguished by a flood, and still have all your data back in its place before you need it.

However, most new clients that we meet don’t have good backups. There are a lot of options when it comes to data backup services, but not all of these services should be relied on by a business. For instance, periodically backing up a static copy of your data is not a good option if you can only afford short periods of downtime.

Likewise, services like Carbonite and Mozy can take 1-3 weeks to restore your business’ data completely (and that estimate assumes that you can order a new server and locate all of your install discs). If a downtime longer than a day (or even just a few hours) would threaten your business’ survival, you need to make sure your backup is ready for anything. Over 90% of the backups that we review for new clients aren’t.

Below are three important things you should know as you begin to craft your backup strategy.

  1. Determine what your “recovery point objective” (RPO) needs to be. This is the frequency at which you back up your data.
  2. You also need to consider how quickly you need your data to be restored. This is what we call the “recovery time objective” (RTO).
  3. Finally, you should assess your budget. It’s a good idea to perform a risk-reward analysis to determine how much of your budget can be dedicated to a backup solution. Our free backup calculator can help with this.

The key for a solid backup plan is to understand exactly what data and processes are most vital to your business, and prepare a reliable way to restore them. Put a data backup and disaster recovery solution in place now, before catastrophe strikes.

If you would like to learn more about backup theory, there is a graphic in our February newsletter that helps illustrate the concepts discussed here. You’ll also find info about:

  • How to stay secure while on public Wi-Fi
  • A business owners guide to IT services and fees
  • How to grow star performers at work, and more