Backup vs. Business Continuity: Plan better for your business

Every company today will treat their data like a precious stone. It needs to be locked away in a safe place unavailable to prying eyes. If you lose your data or some authorised personnel access your data, you are in serious trouble. Protecting data is a full-time job 24/7/365.

Backing up your data is a good first step in making sure it is safe, however, you need to understand that following a disaster, having your data backed-up may not actually mean your business will be up and trading as quickly as you may have imagined. Having a Back-Up solution is not the same as having a Business Continuity strategy.

What if real disaster struck? Flooding, fire or some emergency forces you to leave your premises for an unspecified period of time. This happens.

Disaster Recovery (DR) is the process, policies and procedures relating to recovery or continuation of a technology infrastructure vital to a company following an unexpected disaster.

Data backup, is simply an automated on-going scheduled process of backing up data.

With a cloud-based disaster recovery solution from PFH, businesses can ensure continuity for their operational services regardless of location.
PFH will implement the tactical failover switch to secondary services in the event of a hardware or software failure in some (or all) IT systems and can migrate workloads to cope with unplanned outages.

For example, using a basic Back-Up solution; if a critical server dies, a business may find it difficult to get back up and running in a short space of time. Many factors come into play; the server may need to be replaced, software and data re-installed, and the network configuration settings may need to be adjusted. This process could take days.

 

Business Continuity is to be considered of in terms of Recovery Time Objective (RTO), and Recovery Point Objective (RPO).

RTO: The Recovery Time Objective is the duration of time within which a business must be restored after a disruption to avoid unacceptable consequences.

RPO: The Recovery Point Objective is the maximum tolerable period of time in which data might be lost due to a disaster.

By calculating the desired RTO, a business determines the maximum time that they can be without their data before the business is at risk. Alternatively, by specifying the RPO, the business knows how often they need to perform backups.

What are the main advantages of a DRaaS solution over a standard Backup solution?

 

Comparing Recovery

Legacy backup technologies can create reliable backups, but it can take a very long time to deliver a full recovery. In some cases, the process of recovering critical data and getting your business back up and running can take weeks.

A DRaaS solution from PFH will greatly minimise downtime.
Businesses can recover from interruptions quickly — actually within minutes.

 

Verification Made Easy

With legacy technologies, it can be very time-consuming to perform checks and tests to make sure the system is functioning correctly.

With DRaaS, the verification process is easy; image-based data backups are automatically generated with screenshots emailed to authorised users. The backups are monitored 365 days a year 24x7.

 

Hybrid Approach

Traditional backups can force users to choose between cloud-based and local devices, creating unnecessary risk.

The PFH DRaaS solution uses both local devices and the cloud, thus splitting storage locations to improve security and reliability.

 

Other benefits include;

Reduce back-up bandwidth requirements with deduplication and data optimization tools

Instant virtualisation, which further improves recovery time

Protection from small errors to large disasters when storing data in multiple locations

Encrypt sensitive information, protect your data and ensure regulatory compliance

- Reduce costs of creating and managing alternate DR sites with automated offsite cloud storage

 

While most small businesses may have a limited IT budget, the risk to their data is the same.

Business Continuity solutions come in different flavours. Regardless of which solution is chosen, implementing Data Backup and business continuity should be a priority for all organisations.

You can request a quote here to get pricing on our new world class DRaaS solution.

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