The acceleration of digitalization in the past few years has necessitated the setting up of adequate backup and disaster recovery strategies. These are vital for organizations to be able to respond quickly in the event of a disaster, whether due to natural causes or human errors, and take immediate action to reduce damage and resume operations as quickly as possible. The consequences of inadequate backup and disaster recovery are huge, including loss of revenue due to production downtime, legal ramifications due to breach of data privacy regulations, and damage to brand reputation. Your backup and disaster recovery strategy should therefore be robust enough to mitigate any unforeseen incidents in your IT systems. Here are some key actions you can take to achieve this:
- Achieve Secure Off-site Backup. Do regular backups, checking that the backup equipment is functioning properly and all configurations are up to date. The best approach is to store your data off-site and keep it safe from any kind of disaster. A disk-based cloud server automatically transfers data off-site for data protection and recovery. Thus, you can have control over your data within a short period in any disaster.
- Free up Time from Manual Backup Tasks. Tape-based data backup is time-consuming and complex. As an organization, you may have limited IT staff. Rather than putting them to use in manual data backups, they would be more gainfully employed on strategic projects crucial to your business. Cloud disaster recovery strategies, on the other hand, take backups automatically. These solutions standardize and automate the entire data backup process, so you don’t need IT staff at each location. Besides, these applications also equip your IT teams with the tools to manage and monitor all aspects of server data protection.
- Minimize Risk and Cost of Downtime. Backup is not a single activity or a one-time event. Rather, it consists of several interconnected processes: replicate backup to another device, transfer the backup to an off-site location to protect from natural and human-made disasters, and organize the data to make recovery quick and easy. It is therefore wise that you take steps to recover replicated data from storage as and when needed and wherever needed.
Implementing a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery strategy is crucial for any business. For organizations with lean IT teams, outsourcing backup and disaster recovery is the best option to guarantee you have the experts to see to your data and IT system safety and protection at all times.
About the author:
Fermell Dimayacyac is a Senior IT Specialist at Eastvantage. His IT career spans over 17 years in the IT, Manufacturing, BPO, Telecommunications, and other industries in the Philippines and other countries. Fermell is highly skilled in IT Operations, Project Development, Implementation, and Upgrades. He has demonstrated expertise in producing and implementing timely and effective solutions and service deliverables. Fermell thrives in a fast paced environment, and easily adapts to diverse team situations. His proudest career moment was his involvement in the eCourt project for automating lower courts in the Philippines.