Backup & Disaster Recovery
Backup is critical for business continuity and ransomware protection!
Backup AKA “data backup” (an integral component of MSP services) refers to the systematic creation of redundant and restorable copies of your mission-critical data, apps, and file shares.
In the most ideal scenario, this process is automated, happens every quarter-hour, and occurs both onsite and in several geographically diverse clouds with nightly test restores to verify the backup process is successful.
Backup is getting a lot more attention these days as cybercrime escalates and victims face ransomware extortion requests. Cybergangs are demanding large sums of money and bitcoin, and they are also threatening to either delete valuable data or post it on the Dark Web to shame targets who refuse to pay.
And still, one of your best defenses to avoid losing money, data, or tarnishing your company’s reputation is to have a sound backup system in place.
If your data is backed up frequently, in different places, you don’t have to play hostage. Why pay or suffer a significant PR blunder if you can go back fifteen minutes in time?
Backup & Disaster Recovery
When you combine the term Backup with Disaster Recovery, it becomes “BDR.” This is a much more formal set of policies and procedures which apply to a broader scope of IT infrastructure:
- Call centers
- Phone systems
- Voice services
- Internet connectivity
- Hosting providers
- Laptops and desktops
- Backup appliances
- Uninterrupted power
- Redundant power
- Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors
Each is vulnerable to natural and human disasters.
Your BDR policy is put in place to drive the actionable steps required to restore IT operations back to “business as usual” following a host of outside forces:
- Power grid failures
- Medical emergencies
- Workplace violence
- Forest fires
- Snow and ice storms
- Falling trees
If uninterrupted operations are your highest priority, a good BDR policy will give you the confidence, the redundancy, and the resilience to press reset with minimal blowback to your bottom line when a disaster strikes.
Business Continuity Planning
Business Continuity Planning (“BCP”) is closely related but a little different. While BDR is all about the return to normalcy, BCP provides the blueprint to follow while you’re in the eye of the storm – the chaotic in-between stage.
How do you empower your team to carry on amidst turmoil and uncertainty so they maximize opportunities and minimize risk?
While business continuity is undoubtedly much broader than technology because it applies to all operating elements of your enterprise, the IT piece is getting more and more significant since all businesses are so dependent on the Internet.
And with The Internet of things (“IoT”), every person, machine, and device seems to be interconnected these days.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an excellent case study of the benefits of a solid Business Continuity strategy. Companies who prepared were able to follow a comprehensive written plan that allowed them to maintain critical functions while minimizing risk and compliance exposure.
Organizations with secure cloud-based email, file shares, storage, backup, VPNs, Desktop as a Service, video conferencing, SaaS, VoIP call centers, Unified Messaging, and business-grade workstations simply moved everyone out of the office and into their spare bedrooms or kitchens.
In some cases, the transition was so smooth, many organizations are rethinking how much office space they need to rent in the future.
Learn more about BDR and Business Continuity:
- Real-Time Backups
- Onsite, Cloud and Hybrid Solutions
- 24/7 Monitoring, Management and Help Desk
- Advanced Data Encryption
- Built-in Archiving
- Flexible Restore Solutions
- Instant Virtualization and Provisioning
- Ransomware Protection
- Future Proof Your Business - Run Everything In The Microsoft Cloud
- Offload all management complexity to your MSP