Let’s face it; nobody wants to talk about disaster recovery, as even invoking these words makes the possibility a reality. Unfortunately, this is something that has to be discussed, as your business depends on it. If you knew what is at stake, you’d likely agree with us. So, what can you do to improve data recovery?
The truth is that, without a backup and disaster recovery solution in place, your chances of redundancy are limited. A BDR solution can be a major preventative measure that can make all the difference. We can help set you up to make sure that your data is safe from disaster.
Improve Data Recovery With These Steps
Determine Your RPO and RTO
Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) are both key components of data backup and disaster recovery. RPO and RTO correspond to how much data you want to back up and how much time you have to recover your data before consequences strike. The primary goal that you want to aim for is to back up as much data as you think you need to get back into a proper operational standpoint. This should also prioritize recovery time, keeping it to a minimum and thereby eliminating downtime and data loss. Downtime can be a killer for business and we want to help you avoid that.
Figure Out Where Your Backups Are Stored
After you know how much data you need to back up and how long you have to restore a backup, the next step is to figure out where you want to store your backups. Storing them on-site can be risky, as the site of the disaster scenario is often in-house. Still, you want to have at least one copy on site, supplemented by copies of your data off-site in a data center and in the cloud. The more copies the better, but not too many where it will get confusing.
Test Your Backups to Ensure Reliability
What if you experience a disaster and your data recovery solution doesn’t work? This is the worst-case scenario, and one that you want to actively avoid by routinely testing your data backups. This ensures that they aren’t corrupted or damaged when you need them most. With so many responsibilities on your plate every day, it’s not surprising that a lot of organizations turn to third parties to make sure it all gets done. Using an MSP like Symmetric IT Group ensures you’ll have a strategic partnership keeping an extra set of eyes on your data and backup systems.
We hope this helped you see how you can improve data recovery systems within your business. Symmetric IT Group can help your business with any aspect of data backup and disaster recovery implementation, from deciding on a solution to testing backups to ensure they work as intended. To learn more, reach out to us at (813) 749-0895 and check out our business continuity page.