Is Your Business Protected Against a Disaster?

Minimising IT damage is a key element of any companies technical operations. Read on for how to effectively protect your data in case of a disaster, with Synergy-UK.

Flooding is becoming increasingly common across many areas of England due to environmental changes. It’s important to create a plan for how to avoid your important and sensitive data being damaged. Here at Synergy UK, we’ve been thinking about how any business, including small and independent businesses, could possibly be affected by flooding and how important disaster recovery plans are for them.

For example, recently we’ve seen parts of Sheffield flood. This included many units located in various parts of Sheffield that were being used for industrial and business purposes. And the flooding was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to the true impact that the water damage had on the businesses. The business owners quickly recognized the value of disaster control and recovery planning.

Planning Backups to Minimise Disaster Risk

Backing up data effectively is a key element of disaster recovery planning. In the past, it was common practice for companies to regularly swap back tapes and take them home in case of any disaster. With the development of technology, this is something that can now be done remotely and more effectively and with increased protection of your data.

Due to the recent digital advancements with the cloud, it’s now much easier to have a network attached storage drive located in a different place in the building. This means your backups will be fast and convenient, and easy to access to whenever you need. However, if there is a disaster such as flooding in your building or a fire, there is a chance your system could be destroyed, including any backups you have stored.

You can simply and easily minimise the risk of this kind of damage by utilising a simple network share, network attached storage (NAS) or storage area network (SAN). This will give you a solution for storage and retrieval of single files and also, entire operating systems, which is an effective way to prevent viruses’ corrupting your entire system.

Many businesses now opt to have their backups stored off-site in the cloud, or at a secondary remote site that is located separately from your primary location. The cloud is a very simple and effective option as in order to back up and retrieve data to and from the cloud, you just require internet access. Cloud technology is constantly evolving, and there are now options for uploading large files, making it a common choice for many businesses.

The use of the Cloud makes backing up storage to external tapes unnecessary and overly complicated.

Data Recovery Options

Ensuring your data is backed up is only one part of ensuring your data is completely protected. In order to thoroughly protect yourself, it is important to understand how long it will take to restore the backup and how old the data will be when you retrieve it. This is a key measure of how well we can recover from a disaster like a flood or fire.

Backing up data to the Cloud is a convenient option in terms of not having to pick up the hard drive when leaving the office, but is the system secure enough to protect your sensitive data effectively? How long would it take for you to restore all of your data if need be? Would your business be able to cope without integral data and systems for a period of time while your IT provider retrieves it?

If you are backing up your data to a network attached drive, you have multiple factors to consider in order to fully protect your data. For example, is it in the same building as your primary location, and you have no other backup option, is this a resilient enough recovery plan in the event of a fire?

How often is your data being completely backed up? Some businesses choose to back up data once a day, every other day or even every 2 hours. Utilising the cloud gives you complete flexibility with these options, as it often backs up your data in real-time, depending on your preferred settings. Finding a timing schedule for your backups is an integral part of disaster planning.

Contact Synergy-UK Today

The different questions and options you have when it comes to securing your data and backups can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here at Synergy-UK, we can answer any questions you may have concerning data protection and retrieval. We can recommend a selection of backup solutions that can be tailored completely to yours and your companies needs.

To contact us about data protection and disaster recovery options, call us on 0114 221 6569 today.

Sam Ashford
Sam Ashford - Author

Hey, I'm Sam Ashford! I have 20 years of experience in the IT industry. I have worked as a security analyst, trainer, and writer at Synergy-UK for over ten years.

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