When it comes to backing up data and deploying a successful disaster recovery strategy, every business has its own idea of how to implement the perfect plan for its operational needs. Data flow, growth, and sensitivity all factor into these plans, as well as company size, the tech knowledge of staff, and budget. Whether focusing on the cloud or other physical-based solutions, a business can easily avoid common pitfalls, according to the Times & Citizen, like lack of capacity, by focusing on proper training and understanding the differences between the solutions available.
Flaw #1: Small businesses don’t need data protection
One common myth is that small and medium-sized businesses don’t need data backup and recovery plans. However, when it comes to protecting documents, data, and other resources, backing up that information is the most efficient way to ensure recovery is possible after a disaster while keeping it well organized and managed.
Flaw #2: Backup and archiving are the same thing
Another easily made mistake is confusing data archiving solutions with backups. Archiving data is simply putting it into storage for later use, if necessary. This information does not have to be easily accessible or particularly well protected. A backup is a current copy of business data that needs to be frequently updated to ensure business continuity.
Flaw #3: It’s OK to ignore data growth
Growth can be a challenge for any business, and not having a scalable solution that will increase with the amount of data that needs to be backed up is a sure way to fail. Flexible solutions, particular pay-as-you-go online backup systems, allow a company to increase storage capacity at any time while maintaining cost. This is vital for not only staying within a budget, but adjusting to frequent data changes that could potentially overwhelm non-scalable systems.
Flaw #4: Social media data is unmanageable
The implications of social media in the business world are confusing and complex, and as such can be a stumbling block for any company that has implemented Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn in its daily practices. However, this information can be easy to manage if approached in the same way as any other data. Being aware of legal liability and the formalities of social media content is one important step in this process, but businesses should also understand that these sites are already in the cloud can help ease the disaster recovery planning side as well.
Flaw #5: Business continuity is IT’s job
Though utilizing IT departments in the disaster recovery process is important, it is also vital to remember that emergencies affect all employees. As such, everyone in the business, from the CEO to a call center agent, should be involved and well versed in the plan.