Have you ever had that sinking feeling in your stomach when you’ve lost something valuable? That is the same feeling that occurs when you realise you have just lost your most valuable digital data. The cause of data loss can be due to many factors, anything from human error, system failures, lost devices or ransomware attacks. That alone is a good enough reason to invest in IT backup and recovery but what many organisations often fail to consider is the rippling effect of losing business data if things go wrong.
Is IT backup and recovery essential?
Investing upfront in the mitigation of potential disasters occurring may seem unnecessary to some business owners, but it will most definitely save your company time and effort in the long run. Today we are accustomed to reliable hosting, secure networks and high data storage solutions, but that doesn’t mean your systems are impenetrable, and that can leave your organisation vulnerable.
Investing in an IT backup and recovery solution upfront can help you with business continuity, eliminate stress and save your business from potentially devastating recovery costs. Not only can an IT backup and recovery solution help your business recover critical business data fast, it can also save your business the added time and money needed to put things right, such as lost orders, contacting customers to explain that you have lost their data and lost productivity while systems are down.
What is IT backup and recovery and why is it needed?
IT backup and recovery is an area of security planning that aims to protect your business and employees from the effects of data loss and network and system errors or failures. Having such solutions in place allows for an organisation to maintain or quickly resume mission-critical functions following a disaster and for data to be restored quickly and securely.
Depending on your organisation, what businesses deem as mission-critical functions will differ. However, typically most businesses now rely on their IT infrastructure to operate. Therefore, it is important to look at disaster recovery within the context of your organisation.
If you are still unsure of whether your business needs IT backup and recovery, below are a few key questions you should be asking yourself when considering if you need to protect your business data.
- How much time am I prepared to lose if a system or network failure occurs?
- How much time am I prepared to spend on fixing any issues or trying to restore data should I lose it? i.e. the time duration for which you will not be able to recover your data.
- How much data am I prepared to lose? For example, if you safely use IT backup and recovery solutions for your data once a day, you can lose up to one day of data when a disaster happens.
- How much money will it cost the organisation (per hour) when the mission-critical services are not available? Disaster recovery measures include prevention, detection and correction.
If your business doesn’t want to waste any money or time trying to fix something should it go wrong, it is essential to have IT backup and recovery measures in place.
Preparing for critical circumstances
To mitigate the risks of bigger disasters that can cost your business a lot of time and money, you can decrease the likeliness of them occurring. Preparing for IT failures with a managed IT security provider isn’t a bad thing.
There are many options available and they can be tailored towards your specific needs. Some businesses choose to backup critical data to another location or others replicate application servers and data to another location with hosting infrastructure, allowing them to be able to relaunch application services quickly or to have a seamless failover without process interruption.
IT backup and recovery is not a one-size solution that fits all. It is important to review and consider your existing applications and equipment and how they would deal with infrastructure failures, should they occur. It is also important to evaluate any out of date or end of life software that your business may be running, as they can leave your systems vulnerable to data corruption and cyber-attacks. It is important to find a balance between investing in more reliable hosting infrastructure, applications that deal with failures in the underlying infrastructure, and planning and preparing failover to an alternative infrastructure environment with IT backup and recovery.
The best way of dealing with these issues, is ensuring that you can quickly restore all the files and data that were lost during an attack or incident. This is where IT backup and recovery measures come in. It doesn’t have to be daunting and it can quietly run in the background without impacting system performance or everyday business processes. It all starts with talking through your requirements, needs and identifying what works for you and your organisation. At Amitech IT we have a dedicated team to do just that, so feel free to get in touch and we can get the ball rolling. Every minute you lose in recovery time is income and productivity lost.