If you lost your data and business applications, could you keep working? Would your customers be happy? Would your bank balance stay at the same level? If the answer to any of these is no, then you need to think about backup/disaster recovery. It gives you the peace of mind that you’ll be able to keep going even if something goes really wrong.
The difference between backup and disaster recovery (DR)
Backup is creating a copy of your data in another location. It enables you to get a safe, intact copy of a file if you lose the original for any reason.
Disaster recovery takes it a step further. It’s about restoring your entire system in the event you lose the whole thing, or a considerable portion of it.
With file-level backup, you couldn’t easily get back to work if you lost everything on your server. But with disaster recovery you could start using a copy of that server in minimal time.
Both CommArc’s CloudBackup and TotalDR provide a disaster recovery service.
When you might need to make use of backups/disaster recovery
Cyber attacks are on the increase. But backup/disaster recovery can help you reduce their impact.
Attackers will often use ransomware software such as cryptolocker to lock up your files or systems, demanding a ransom for their return.
But if your files and systems are backed up, you can simply restore them as needed from a point before your system was infected.
Of course, it’s also worth making sure your security is up to standard as well. A good backup is peace of mind – but it’s best to prevent attackers from getting a foothold in the first place.
Sometimes employees accidentally delete a file, or make a change they just can’t seem to undo. No worries with backup: you just restore a pre-accident version.
Hardware or software failure
Humans aren’t the only thing that can threaten your data and systems. If your servers stop working, a disaster recovery service can get you back working with a saved copy.
Hopefully your offices will never be damaged or destroyed by fire, flood or earthquake. But if your onsite servers are compromised, your staff can get working from an offsite backup – even if they can’t get in to your office.