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Businesses need to be extremely careful about how they protect their interests, but just in case something unfortunate happens, you want to have measures in place to guarantee that your future is secure. To this end, data backup and disaster recovery is critical. We’ll walk you through what you need to know about implementing data backup and disaster recovery, including the best way to make it happen.
First, you’ll need to know the vocabulary associated with data backup and disaster recovery. There are two primary numbers you’ll need to know for your disaster recovery strategy: the recovery point objective (RPO) and the recovery time objective (RTO).
How much data does your business use in a given work week? You might be surprised. The recovery point objective is the absolute minimum amount of operational data you can accept for getting back to a decent operational state. Often times businesses will find themselves reeling from a data loss disaster, trying to recreate data that has been lost. Knowing where you’re aiming to be can mitigate at least half the battle. Of course, it’s up to you to determine which data is critical to the success of your organization.
How quickly can you restore your data and get back to work? This is the second half of data backup and disaster recovery. RTO is effectively the amount time you have before your business becomes insolvent. To best ward against this scenario, restoring the data to some sort of device, whether it’s a backup server or a BDR unit, will allow your business to get back to business following an unpredictable disaster. The goal is to keep your RTO as low as possible, as any time your business isn’t operating even at a minimum capacity, it’s risking failure.
The ideal BDR system optimizes your organization’s backup solution by hyper-focusing on the two numbers above, in addition to utilizing the three-two-one data backup rule. We recommend that your business has at least three types of data backups at any given time: two on-premise in the form of a physical restoration device and a digital one on your business’ infrastructure, and one in the cloud for quick restoration when needed.
Preferred can help you overcome the challenges presented by the dangers your organization can’t predict. To learn more about preventative data backup and disaster recovery solutions like our BDR device, reach out to us at 708-781-7110.