Businesses deal with compromises every day, whether it’s leaving late to let someone else get an early out or coming in on your day off to get a critical project finished on time. Having a successful data recovery and backup plan is a compromise you absolutely don’t want to leave out of your business’ future. It’s up to you to acquire a solution that minimizes downtime without costing your organization an arm and a leg, but this is much easier said than done. But you don’t have to do it alone.
Even if you don’t anticipate having to use your business’ data backup and disaster recovery solution, it’s critical that you address specific parts of it and plan for the worst. Remember, even if you never have to use your data backup solution in an emergency, it’s worth your investment for the peace of mind alone, and the fact that you can quickly restore files when minor user-based mistakes happen. We have seen hacking and cyberattacks targeted at businesses significantly increase over the last year, so you never know if you could be a target. Specifically, you want to focus on your recovery point objective (RPO) and your recovery time objective (RTO). Both will be instrumental to ensuring your business stays in operation during a data disaster event.
Some Successful Data Recovery Aspects
Recovery Point Objective
RPO can be defined as how much data you need to recover in order for operations to be unimpeded. Downtime can kill your business, this helps you avoid that. While some data might be mission-critical and required in order to keep your business working as intended, other data might not be so important. It’s up to you to determine what amount of data will be acceptable for your organization. Keep in mind, though we’re talking about data, this also applies to your software applications that might go down in a disaster.
Recovery Time Objective
RTO is defined as the amount of time it you can takes to recover your data (and other resources), in addition to the amount of time it takes for operations to return to normal. Ideally, this should be as low as possible. Having data backups in the cloud can expedite the process, as often times the most trouble you’ll have with data backup is making sure the data can be restored quickly to prevent costly downtime. Downtime can be defined as any time your organization isn’t working as normal for any reason, it doesn’t have to be from a disaster.
How Do They Work Together?
Both of these aspects work together to make sure your organization suffers from a minimal amount of data loss and downtime in the event of a disaster. After all, without data, there’s no point in performing a restoration. We don’t want you to lose any of your data if you don’t have to. In this way, they are both essential if you want to recover with the least amount of trouble and damage.
Symmetric IT Group can equip your business with a successful data recovery plan that is responsive and dynamic to provide adequate RPO and RTO, even under the worst situations. We implement what’s called a data backup and disaster recovery solution, or BDR, to ensure operations aren’t interrupted during a disaster. A BDR can help your business by providing a cloud-based backup that can automatically be deployed as needed. To learn more, reach out to us at (813) 749-0895 and check out our business continuity page.