Backup and disaster recovery - are you covered?

Ross MacKenzie
Tags: Disaster recovery

‘Majority of UK SMEs blind to risk of a cyber attacks and data loss’, is the title of a Business Matters article published at the end of 2018.

And yet, data is the lifeblood of today’s business.

Data loss can be due to a range of reasons - resulting from cyberattack, to hardware failure, human error, or natural disaster. Whatever the cause, data loss represents a disaster - and that’s why businesses cover themselves with a backup and disaster recovery strategy.

Backup is the process of copying data (applications, servers, user-created content) to a secondary location in case of loss or corruption.

Backup is an essential element of a disaster recovery strategy, defining the steps needed to get a business up and running following an incident, whether affecting a particular area or the entire business.

With various types of backup available - from file backup to a full backup which stores a comprehensive copy of all data in the secondary location - and differing solutions in the market, a business’s disaster recovery strategy will be as individual as the business itself. For example, a business must decide on values for their:

Recovery Time Objective (RTO) - measuring the time from the moment of the disaster to production operations having to be back up online.

Recovery Point Objective (RPO) - the amount of data a business deems acceptable to lose in the event of an incident. For example, if the RPO is three hours, a backup must take place every three hours.

Emma Jobling, Head of the Cobweb team, says, "Our eBook, Getting to know backup and disaster recovery options for your business, looks at backup and recovery in greater detail, along with comparing different backup options - there’s something for every business, no matter size or industry.

"For example, Microsoft Office 365 incorporates various backup features, but in order to provide a comprehensive backup solution to our customers we recommend adding a specialist backup solution. Cobweb’s preferred solution is Acronis and we use this ourselves.

"We’ve put together a table (see below) so you can compare the features."

"Another option is a Microsoft Azure based backup solution," Emma Jobling continues. "Which solution is best for you will depend on your individual need - as we’ve said, your backup and disaster recovery service will be as individual as you.

"Our recently published eBook, Getting to know backup and disaster recovery, highlights a statistic from a paper by tech publication IT Pro, which cites 4 million UK businesses at risk of losing their data due to having  inadequate backup policies. We’re here to help, whether you’ve no backup and disaster recovery strategy as yet, or feel yours needs updating."

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