IT Backup and Recovery Planning

Whether your company collects data using a computer, tablet, smartphone or specialized device, you need a backup and recovery plan

Small and medium-sized businesses commonly store the following types of data:

  • An accounting system to which one or more users has access.
  • Human Resources data
  • Company forms
  • Policies and Procedures documentation
  • Proprietary information to help with producing quotes, bids or estimates.
  • Customer files and information
  • Photographs and video recordings
  • Job or project data
  • Software license information

When systems fail, it immediately becomes evident that the data stored on hard drives, tapes, or in the cloud is much more valuable than the actual cost of storage. This is why it is important for companies to make an adequate investment to ensure that data is backed up and that a plan exists for recovering data.

At Foundation BTS, we’re your data backup strategists

Here are some consequences that can ensue if your hardware fails, and strategies for preventing or recovering from those disaster scenarios.

Failure Scenario Potential Consequence Prevention or Recovery Scenario
Hard Drive Failure or “Crash”
  • Lost data and productivity for individuals, departments or the entire organization.
  • System will be offline until the hard drive is replaced and restoration is complete.
  • Use redundant disk arrays, use higher quality hard disks, don’t wait for failure. Replace hard disks on a scheduled basis.
  • Back up data regularly to an offsite location.
  • Use cloud backup services.
Fire, Theft or Flood
  • Lost data and productivity for the entire company.
  • Multiple systems may be offline until:
    • damaged or stolen equipment is replaced,
    • your systems reconfigured, and
    • data is restored.
  • Take adequate measures to minimize risk of loss due to fire, theft or flood.
  • Back up data to an offsite location.
  • Virtualize servers and replicate to an offsite facility.
Accidental or malicious deletion of files Lost files.
  • Lock down systems to prevent unauthorized access to some files.
  • Back up files with a long file retention period.
Viruses or malware corrupting or deleting files Lost files, confidential files potentially exposed.
  • Use multiple levels of security on business networks: firewalls, antivirus applications, password based security.
  • Use retention-based backup solutions that allow recovery to a previous point in time (before the malware attack).
Recovery Failure Lost files.
  • Do more than create backup strategies, take time to test your ability to recover.

Whether it’s one of these situations, or a challenge unique to your business, at Foundation BTS we are your data backup and recovery strategists.

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