What Should You Know About Backups & Disaster Recovery?
It happens when you least expect it. You turn on your company laptop, and it’s all gone! All your data is missing. Client files, project files, employee information. All of it has vanished! What do you do, and who do you call?
What Are Backups & Disaster Recovery?
When any business, organization, or government entity uses a computer, its files get backed up to a server. When you cannot access current files, they are recovered from the server. When there’s been a computer disruption event, i.e., power outage, cybertheft, or a crashed hard drive, those events represent a disaster. To attempt to retrieve those lost files is known as disaster recovery.
Is There A Difference Between The Two?
The short answer is, Yes! Backups are copies of information that is accessible when you want to restore a copy. It might be a single document, file, or files that were changed accidentally.
Disaster recovery is creating backups of a company’s entire IT infrastructure. Instead of one file or document, it is hundreds, if not thousands, upon thousands of files and documents. That process allows for quick recovery of documents, networks, processes, and systems when there’s been a computer or network disruption.
Are There Benefits of Having Backup & Disaster Recovery Plans?
Indeed it is! The most significant benefit is obvious – regardless of the disaster, your organization’s information and processes are accessible and protected. To be precise, a disaster may be a power outage, cybertheft, fire, storm, flooding, ransomware, human error, etc.
The critical thing to remember, when your organization considers disaster recovery, you don’t only want to think about backing up specific files. We recommend a full disaster recovery backup plan with explicit and detailed instructions.
We highly encourage you to test and test and test your backup and disaster recovery plans as well. Once or twice is not enough. With the amount of external or digital disruptions that happen, you want to guarantee you’re retrieving all your files.
Business Continuity Planning is Critical
Disaster recovery plans will help you plan for accessing critical data, while business continuity plans will layer on processes and procedures to get your company entirely back up and running.
In fact, business continuity is more than merely getting your data backup and quickly restored, although that is a significant first step. It would be best to consider all of your business’s challenges from limited access to critical resources.
Beyond restoring access to crucial data, business continuity plans consider the importance of a method for communication and collaboration to continue in unexpected times.
Call In an Expert
Your business deserves help from the best and brightest minds in technology, which is why we carefully vet each of our colleagues to ensure they are well-trained and eager to provide top-notch support for your company. Companies in the Ohio area have been trusting Rea & Associates since 2002 for disaster recovery, business continuity, and a full suite of IT services.
Visit our website to chat live with us or give us a call at 330-236-1011. We would love to help you plan and prepare for peace of mind.