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How to Bulletproof Your Data Disaster Recovery

3/15/2012
Your company’s data is one of its most important assets.
 
However, most companies only view data loss as a worst-case scenario. Nearly 90 percent of small and mid-sized businesses have inadequate or outdated data disaster recovery plans. According to a 2011 SMB Disaster Prepardness Survey by Symantec, most companies, while at risk, are still not making disaster preparedness a priority until they experience a data loss or a disaster. And those disasters have an enormous financial impact — often to the tune of $12,500 per day — in downtime and recovery.
 
The survey also revealed that many SMBs (small- to medium-sized businesses) do not understand the importance of disaster preparedness. Forty-one percent of respondents said that it never occurred to them to put together a plan and 40 percent mentioned that disaster preparedness is not a priority for them. Yikes! That is definitely scary. Most of the information that drives smaller business is not protected at all. One issue and you could lose everything you’ve worked so hard to build over the years. How can you build a disaster recovery plan for your data and ensure that it is bulletproof? Here are some great tips from an article CrashPlan.com.
 
1) Back up to multiple destinations. Having at least one backup is essential, but backing up to two physically separate destinations is ideal. The perfect backup plan includes an on-site backup for quick backups and restores, and an off-site or cloud backup to protect against local disasters such as fire and theft. Make sure your backup solution allows you to back up to more than one destination.
 
2) Secure your backup. Security is critical, especially when choosing an online backup provider. In order to keep your company’s data private, make sure to choose a backup system that encrypts your data before it ever leaves your computer. The best systems provide the option to use your own data key so its pretty impossible for anyone else to access your data.
 
3) Choose a backup system that provides multiple options for restoring or retrieving your data. It’s a given that data loss would occur at the worst time. Make sure that your back up system gives you several options to restore so you can easily retrieve your lost data, especially at a bad time. These are the options to look for:
 
Files are restored to a different computer or operating system than where they originated.
Restore files via a web browser
Restore any or all of your files to the way they were on a specific date
Mobile apps that give easy access to your files from your smartphone or tablet
 
4) Back-up multiple versions of files. The best back-up systems allow you to specify how frequently a new version of your file is saved and how many versions are retained, and for how long.
 
First things first, your company needs to develop a data recovery plan if you don’t have one already. If you do have a plan, revaluate it to make sure it is as up-to-date as possible. Considering the financial ramifications, you can’t wait for a disaster to happen. Make a plan now.
 
Do you have a data disaster recovery plan? What advice do you have?

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