In a previous post entitled: “Best Practices: Backup Basics” we discussed the kinds of things to consider when evaluating or planing a backup strategy. In this article we’re going to build on that knowledge and try to understand more variables that should be taken into account for a well rounded backup and recovery solution.
As previously discussed, it’s important to implement a backup solution which captures all of your data; goes back as far as you need; sends alert notifications if it succeeds or fails; follows the 3-2-1 rule; and all that other good stuff outlined in the blog. However having your data safe does not yet guarantee continuity of your business operation in case of system disaster.
In this post we will discuss what else needs to be taken into consideration when planning out an effective backup and recovery strategy and solution.
It is very important that the evaluation of the backup and recovery solution is done in the context of your specific business needs. In case of a system failure, some businesses can take more time to gain minimum functionality without significant losses, but require frequent backup due to high importance of the data. Others, might be more concerned with the continuity of the operation and less with the most recent data protection.
If you want to make sure that your backup and recovery solution will serve your needs, there are a few critical points of reference to be aware of to help you make some decisions:
- What is the minimum functionality I need recovered after a failure to keep business moving?
- Server: functionality, data, and roles (mail server, print server, file server)
- Workstations: data (unless already backed up to a server), software (needed for operation of the business)
- Capacity planning: what is minimum number of users required to assure your business operation
- In the event of a failure, how long will it take to recover minimum functionality?
- High availability (zero downtime tolerance)
- Server replication (fast recovery)
- System image (recovery from the system level backup)
- How long will it take to recover full functionality?
- How regular are my backups? When is my list recovery point? In the event of a failure, how much data will be lost if we need to revert back?
Extensive backup evaluation procedure has been posted in our Backup Basics blog.
You should try to answer these questions and work with a professional in order to determine the specifics of the backup and recovery solution that can accomplish your recovery goals.
In the past, solutions offering quick recovery times have been quite expensive, but you might be surprised how much their prices have dropped down in recent years as new technologies continue pushing the boundaries. A great resource on how to prepare for a system outage can be found on the Veeam website , a great backup and recovery solution provide, whose backup platform is supported by iionIT Network Solutions Inc.
Ultimately if you have a good solution, and you or your IT provider test it semi-regularly, and you know what to expect in case of a failure, then you’ll be ready for anything!
Need help with backup & recovery, or interested in a disaster recovery simulation? Contact iionIT Network Solutions Inc. today to setup a free consultation to discuss your needs!