Backing up your data has become one of the most important things to do in the 21st century. We hear about it more and more each day. Backing up your phone, computer, photos, email, this list can go on and on. But their is a reason that backups cannot be stressed enough. Statistics show business that do not protect their critical data and processes will fail when disaster strikes. It is a question of when, not if your data will be lost. Proper planning is required, along with testing and verification for both Cloud and physical based solutions.
Businesses spend a lot of time making sure that customer’s data is protected. It is important to regularly check backups to ensure data can quickly be restored after a disaster. Here at ECMSI we always want to make sure our partners are protected and ready to recover from any disaster in the quickest most efficient way possible. But it is not enough to just backup the data. There must also be a tested plan that examines the following:
- Am I backing up the right data?
- Who determined it was the right data?
- Has that decision been reviewed and verified recently?
- Am I protecting entire servers?
- Do I have all the install software I will need in an emergency?
- Do I have all the software licenses ready to re-install?
- Have I attempted a full server restore from my backup solution?
- Have I documented the entire process?
- Do I have access to this documentation at all times both electronically and in print?
- If I have failed hardware, how do I replace it? Do I have service contracts?
Cloud storage gives some excellent options to any on site backup solution. It is common thought that the cloud is sage and backed up automatically. However, there have been instances where cloud corporations simply decide to stop operations and only give 30 days warning to those using the service. This leaves companies scrambling to migrate to other solutions. It is a must to have copies of the cloud data stored physically or in a different data center.
Be sure to ask these important questions to your internal IT team or MSP. Make sure they can prove to you that they have the ability to quickly get you up and running in the face of any disaster.
If you would like to learn more about how to protect your data and take proactive steps to secure your critical information, let’s talk: (330) 750-1428