Data Backup Strategies for Business: How to Recover from Disaster

We all need a well-designed backup solution that’s thorough and reliable. Just as importantly, we all need a system that’s easy to use. Let’s face it—we’ve got enough details to take care of every day without remembering a complicated sequence for backing up our data.

Backups are important, right? They ensure recovery from events as simple as a hard drive failure or as catastrophic as a building fire. The ability to recover damaged files can be the difference between moving forward with a business and having to close down operations for good.

What are my options for backing up data?

Fortunately, there are many good backup strategies and products available. For starters, servers come with the ability to back up to an attached drive using a product like Windows Server Backup. This gives you multiple options regarding what files are to be backed up, where those files are backed up to, and how often the files are backed up. Desktops also come with options related to local backups.

Both of these systems are good initial steps to take to protect your data. However, this data is still vulnerable to local problems—on the server or laptop, or within the physical structure of the facility.

What is the difference between backups and disaster recovery?

That leads us to another critical element of backup strategies: disaster recovery. Disaster recovery deals with more than just a hard drive failing on a system. It can help you recover from much more severe incidents.

Picture these scenarios, if you dare!

  • A pipe bursts above the server room, flooding the entire room.
  • An electrical fire starts in the building, which then sets the entire building aflame.
  • A natural disaster hits your neighborhood and your equipment is totalled.

Local backup solutions don’t necessarily protect you in these types of situations. Now, some drive-based backup programs enable you to back up to more than one drive, and conceivably you could continually swap out your backed up drives, making sure that one is always off-site. That’s a step in the right direction. But remember how we all want a system that’s easy to use?

Analytics’ Remote Backup Solution

Consider an even better alternative: remote backup. With Analytics’ Remote Backup Solution, files are saved and stored off-site in a secure data center uniquely designed and managed to protect the servers storing your data. The backup process is automated, not subject to human error or memory lapses.

The Remote Backup Solution can be set up on both a desktop and a server. It has the same flexibilityas the local solutions—you can choose what files are backed up and when. In a disaster recovery situation, these files can be restored in part or in whole at your old location or a new facility.

With a system like this in place, you’ll have true peace of mind about your data, allowing you to focus on more important business matters at hand. Go ahead—get a taste of zen. Call us today to get started.