Three tips for more efficient disaster recovery

Three tips for more efficient disaster recovery

October 26

For businesses, implementing disaster recovery software and strategies for data protection can be time-consuming and stressful. Ensuring the company will be able to survive a natural disaster comes with a great deal of pressure, and by investing in high-quality data backup and recovery software, a business can achieve success. But reducing stress and gaining peace of mind require a little extra push.

According to CRN, this push can come in a number of ways, but one of the most important is to consolidate data protection efforts in order to enhance the value of those efforts and pass that value on to the customer. It can take a great deal of work to implement a disaster recovery solution, and because these extra man hours do not add any tangible value to the business, backup requires a different way of looking at it to understand its true benefits.

Off-site storage of backups
One way to zero in on the value of data protection is by examining the costs of storing data on-site versus off-site. On-site storage may be cheap, but often you get what you pay for with disaster recovery. As such, off-site backup is the only true way to ensure that data is 100 percent protected from natural and man-made disasters. Whether storing backup hard drives in a secure location or investing in online backup services, with these files stored safely outside of the office, the business can rest easy knowing they will be recoverable no matter what happens at the company’s physical location.

Size doesn’t matter
Small businesses have been the slowest adopters of disaster recovery tools, according to XLN. However, these solutions are just as important, if not more so, for an SMB as they are for larger companies, as these businesses often have only a single storage spot for data, as opposed to multiple offices and data centers that may be able to pick up the slack should a disaster occur. Simply because a business doesn’t deal with “that much data” on a daily basis doesn’t mean those files don’t need to be protected.

Pay attention to the ‘next big thing’
Data backup solutions are still evolving, and the technology related to them, such as the cloud, is in a transitional period that could lead to major changes in the near future. As such, businesses also need to consider what may change in the industry as well as what is going on today. Only by keeping an open mind and considering what may happen tomorrow can a business truly prepare for the worst and find the value in its data protection solutions.