It can’t be stated enough, how critical it is to ensure that every business is backing up its data. That data backup however is NOT the be-all-end-all solution. It’s also only part of the solution, as the solution also must have the appropriate auditing and control features behind it.
That in itself is often left out of the process, and not often a default feature among some MSPs. Make sure it is.
Otherwise, that very data backup might not work when you need it the most. Which in the time of a cyber attack or server crisis, can be absolutely devastating.
Does a Business Need A Backup Plan?
Data is one of the most valuable commodities in today’s economy. Not only does it represent a significant investment to acquire, but it can be used to generate more revenue than any other business asset. The problem is that nobody realizes how much data they have until they lose it.
That’s why every business needs a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery plan.
That being said, not all backup and disaster recovery solutions are created equal. Some are more expensive than others, some are more complex, some are more flexible and others may be less reliable.
When considering a backup solution, consider the following factors:
- What is the cost of the solution to implement?
- What is the cost to maintain the solution?
- Who is going to maintain it and how?
- Are there any fees for the service that will increase over time? Is there a budget for that change in cost?
- Who is going to moderate and test the maintenance and the solution itself?
- Who is going to oversee the results and mandate changes if and when required?
- Where is the data going to be stored?
- Who has access to that storage?
- How is access to that storage governed, and who can authorize new or a change in access?
- How is it or is it possible to audit that governance?
Does a Business Need A Disaster Recovery Plan?
Data is probably more valuable than you think it is.
But what if we put a little more thought into it? What if we took a step back, looked at our businesses, and said, “Wow, I really do need to protect my data.”
Think about it: your data is not just some commodity that you can purchase from an online marketplace. Data is your most valuable asset. It’s not just the product of your business; it is the business itself! Data is the lifeblood of every company out there—without it, no company could survive for long. Data is what leads to innovation and evolution; without it, companies would have nothing to analyze or improve upon (and even if they did improve upon something without analyzing any metrics beforehand).
Every business needs a comprehensive disaster recovery plan.
Business continuity is the ability of a business to continue operations in the event of an interruption. The goal is to reduce the time it takes to resume normal operations after a disaster and minimize any potential damage that could be caused by downtime.
An effective disaster recovery plan is critically important to achieving business continuity. It can help prevent unexpected downtime so that employees have access to important information whenever they need it—whether in person, on mobile devices, or over the phone. In addition, data recovery ensures your company has access to critical information if its physical location becomes inaccessible due to fire, flood damage, power outage, or building service issues.
When considering a disaster recovery solution, consider the following factors:
- How often will the DR solution be tested and by whom?
- How will you know if it’s effective? Do you test or how do you test the solution for different types of outages?
- Are all the scenarios (most of them) written down and discussed? Are the solutions and recovery options discussed by all stakeholders?
- What is the monthly cost of the DR solution? Is it budgeted?
- Is the solution discussed quarterly and tested quarterly?
- What if the solution fails, is there an alternate solution?
- Are there any single points of failure for the solution? Like power, a single network connection, or a single access point? Are all the potential risks documented?
- Who will be responsible for auditing the solution? is it a third party?
- Is there any room or budget for two solutions that are not reliant on each other?
- Are there any restrictions on how the data will be stored or where?
The biggest necessity when it comes to a Backup or Recovery Solution is NOT always the backup solution itself. It’s putting all the cards on the table and making sure that each scenario is discussed, evaluated, and tested for accuracy.
So when the situation come up where the solution is required – everyone knows what to do, and how to do it, and you’re assured if one solution doesn’t work, the other one will.
Review of the Top 5 Necessities:
- Review solutions for accuracy and reliability.
- Make sure you have a redundant solution independent of the first.
- Make sure all the stakeholders are involved with each process.
- Never rely on one group or one solution and have it audited.
- Watch costs and associated fees for maintenance. Have a third party evaluate everything.
When it comes to an IT solution, it’s simply not just providing any solution that will work. Selenium’s experience comes into play as we look at our over 22 years of experience when it comes to setting up solutions that work.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the factors we look at when it comes to a backup and disaster recovery solution, please contact us for more information. It’s far more complicated than simply backuping up your data and hoping the recovery process works when you need it.