Backup and recovery: Manage IT disaster recovery
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Why does your business need a backup and recovery plan? Being prepared and organised to mitigate the risk of outages and productivity through IT disaster recovery is extremely important for any company. From virus infections to accidental fire, flood damage and even malicious damage, you need to have procedures in place to combat any level of threat – not to mention seismic wobbles!
Manage IT can help you to prepare a disaster recovery IT plan by reviewing and establishing backup and recovery systems. Like all disaster plans, few companies prepare for them fully until something actually happens and by then it's too late. Considering disaster recovery IT procedures is important for the continued success of your business.
At Manage IT, we can provide on-site and/or external backup and recovery solutions that best suit your business needs and business requirements at an appropriate price. This can be provided in a mixture of solutions such as locally attached storage right through to cloud-based storage, or even high-availablility virtualisation.
Formalising the defined disaster recovery strategy under a service level agreement (SLA) ensures that the strategy is regularly checked and maintained, providing you with an assurance that the solution is working and that we have an agreed formalised backup and recovery action plan to address the problem should the managed system fail.
For most clients it is always our recommendation that an image-based disaster recovery strategy is implemented. It is a well established solution that captures the entire build of the computer and allows you to transfer this build to another piece of hardware within a few hours (depends on the amount of data). As required, we can respond by providing a same-day spare machine, or a complete network refresh, or an overnight office refit – whatever the situation demands.
Tips to consider when putting together a backup and recovery plan:
1. Critical Information:
Ask yourself a simple question. If we had a major failure where all critical data was lost, how long could the business function before it would negatively impact on its operation? The answer to this question should define the customised backup and recovery strategy to meet your requirements.
2. Basic Critical Data Requirements (Traditional Strategies):
Any data that is stored either on a local computer and/or in the cloud, should include a basic level of redundancy. This includes redundancy around the hard drives which house the data through to capturing the critical data to an external device that can be stored off site (e.g. tape streamer, RDX, DVD and/or external hard drive).
3. Cloud Storage:
Since the earthquakes, cloud storage has been in increased demand. Designed to capture incremental files changed in a local data repository through to data and computer changes at an image level, this solution is becoming a preferred disaster recovery IT strategy. Providing the assurances around the backup being off site, provisioning for archieval retrieval and as required restoration from a flat file through to a virtualised computer on the internet, the cloud storage solution is becoming the preferred solution.
4. Complete Failure:
In the event of a complete disaster where your office is totally inaccessible, we can retrieve your backup data and install either onto loan equipment, new equipment and/or in a virtualised environment based in the cloud or locally on site so as to allow your business to get back onto its feet.
Talk to our Manage IT team about your backup and recovery requirements. It doesn't matter if your desktop needs replacement parts or your entire network needs to be replicated off-site, Manage IT provide the reassurance and peace of mind you welcome from disaster recovery IT experts.