Everything You Need to Know About Disaster Recovery

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If your company couldn’t run without its network and its data, then disaster recovery systems aren’t a luxury. They’re a necessity. While transitioning applications to the cloud can give you access to those provider’s systems, protecting your business starts with the systems that you maintain at your location. Here are just a few of the things that we can help you with as you both plan and implement your company’s procedures.

  • Recovery Point Objectives (RPO). Your RPO defines how much data you are willing to have go without a backup. For instance, if you are in financial services, you might need to have every transaction you do backed up in the instance it comes in so that, if your system crashes, you don’t lose anything. On the other hand, a graphic design firm might be willing to have backups done daily, meaning that it could lose up to 24 hours worth of work in a disaster recovery situation.
  • Recovery Time Objectives (RTO). The RTO covers how long it takes you to restore your data from your backups. If you have a mirrored system, your disaster recovery RTO would be measured in seconds while backup tapes are a better match if you are willing to consider a 24 to 72 hour RTO.
  • Storage Media. Disaster recovery systems typically come in two types. Disk-to-disk backups are very fast both for backup and recovery but can be more expensive. Disk-to-tape backups are slower but less expensive. The disk-to-disk-to-tape scheme combines both, keeping your daily updates on disk, but storing longer term and less time-critical backups on tape.
  • Information Classification. Classifying information for disaster recovery helps you determine what gets backed up to a disk, what to tape, and what doesn’t get backed up. Your policy can also help your IT staff determine what order to use when restoring backed up data.
  • Local Backups. Choosing a local backup solution can be more expensive than other solutions but can also offer faster disaster recovery speed. This is especially true with local network-attached disk-based storage systems.
  • Cloud Backups. Cloud backups offer prodigious capacity and storage at extremely affordable pricing, but carry some real drawbacks. The speed of your company’s disaster recovery from cloud backups will be capped by your available Internet bandwidth. In addition, the speed and quality of the service provider’s hardware can also be a limiting factor on your ability to get your network back up and running.
  • Off-Site Replication. Off-site replication systems bring some of the benefits of cloud based backups with the enhanced speed of a local backup. Companies that need a total disaster recovery system may choose to replicate all of their data to a standby provider that can be activated in a manner of seconds.
  • Future Proofing. Whenever a company uses backups, it runs the risk that the backup systems and software won’t work far enough in the future. While future compatibility might not be an issue for daily backups, for companies that measure their data retention needs in years or decades, future proofing can be a significant consideration.

JCMR Technology helps mid-size businesses with their IT needs. Our experts can help your business determine its disaster recovery needs, source the appropriate on- and off-site technologies, and build a system that can keep you up and running.

 

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Jake Kent

Mr. Jake Kent is an Entrepreneur & Business Owner specializing in Information Technology. Jake has founded eight companies, to include Information Technology Consulting & Delivery, Investment Real Estate and Community Banking. Jake brings vision, leadership and a strong work ethic to the CEO role. He leads by example, possessing remarkable skills, experience and expertise across business strategy, operations, financial management and sales & marketing. Jake is a founder of the Matthew-Mint Hill Optimist Club and a Board Member of the Ballantyne IT Professionals Non-profit. Read More..

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