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How Backups Fit Into Business Continuity

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Business continuity is the ability to keep daily operations running – even in the midst of a natural, man-made, or technical disaster. It isn’t just about data backup, though; it’s a practice that also addresses access to backups and all of the potential obstacles you might encounter in the process.

The costs and consequences of downtime are generally measured in two ways: How much time you can afford to lose (the recovery time objective), and how much data you can afford to lose (the recovery point objective). In order to be effective, a business continuity plan must establish acceptable standards for the business and engage a backup & recovery solution that can achieve both in the event of a disaster or outage.

Dealing With The Data

A successful plan eliminates or minimizes the amount of data a business would lose in a disaster or outage. Consider the consequences of losing all of the data your employees and customers generate in just one day. If it’s possible at all, how long would it take to re-create critical data generated by sales, customer service, marketing, human resources, manufacturing and other internal departments? How much would it cost your organization to lose a day’s worth of orders and emails? How much will it cost for employees to attempt to re-create lost data? Costs range up to thousands dollars per hour and can be compounded by fines for violating privacy regulations. An effective plan that will protect the business must have a method of capturing data at regular intervals that meet the organization’s RPO.

Tying Down The Timeline

Successful plans not only eliminate or minimize the amount of data a business would lose in a disaster, but it also minimizes or eliminates the amount of time it takes to get systems up and running again. When considering how much downtime would cost your business, consider the financial impact of lost customer connections and employee productivity. How many sales will you lose in an hour or a day if your systems are down? How many customers will simply turn to a competitor? What is the hourly or daily cost of lost labor? What are the overtime costs for IT administrators who must work through the night to restore systems?

Sticking With The Solution

In order to minimize downtime and hit recovery goals, a business continuity plan must incorporate a comprehensive backup strategy that protects entire workstations and servers. This is best achieved through a plan that features fast, full restoration capabilities, including the ability to restore images and files to different hardware or bare metal in case the original hardware is destroyed or damaged beyond repair. Fast recovery also depends on having options for storage and restoration, including the ability for instant local and off-site virtualization. It also offers the ability to utilize a hybrid cloud-based model to store entire systems locally and off-site.

The Data Vault Cloud is a backup and disaster recovery solution that provides a single, integrated approach to data protection. It’s complete range of tools and capabilities ensure the secure protection of more data while using less network. Utilizing the industry recommended 3-2-1 model, our solution provides a flexible system that can handle organizations of any size without breaking the budget. Interested in learning more about how our solution can integrate with your continuity planning? Contact us today and one of our team of experts will be in touch!

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