As an SMB I bet at some point you set up a data backup plan in case a natural disaster comes along. But did you know that it’s not natural disasters you need fear the most when it comes to a data backup plan or recovery failure?
This may come as a shock to some of you, but the most common reason for downtime is hardware failure and user error.
Have A Foolproof Data Backup Plan
Some of you may remember blog entries I made last year along the lines of putting more budget towards your IT infrastructure.
This also means putting a data backup plan in place to have good backup solutions so that anything from natural disasters to human error will minimize the amount of down time you experience.
Depending on your budget towards good hardware, should anything go wrong you could be down anywhere from 40 minutes to 7 days. Generally when you experience the latter in downtime it’s because your backup hardware failed and now you are having to work off of manual backups. Getting back up and running could take awhile.
How To Prevent Hardware Failures
Now ask yourself, “Well what can I do to prevent my backup hardware from failing on me?”
One solid suggestion that I could give you is to have multiple automated backup solutions.
Mirror the work to multiple places.
If one hardware catastrophically fails, corrupting your data you’re not down and out. You planned ahead with a secondary backup.
Another thing you can do is talk to your local IT team or perhaps a Managed Services company such as ourselves. Consulting these individuals can tell you what sort of hardware you need to look into, be it cloud services or multiple datacenters.
That being said cloud services are cheaper to go with, which means you can replicate your data to cloud storage more affordably and to multiple places. The only drawback is when cloud storage goes down, you are at the mercy of the company’s support to bring it back online.
The “Big One” Is Not What You Should Fear
If you were preparing for the proverbial “big one” (big earthquake, big hurricane, big tornado) re-evaluate your data backup plan.
If cost is something of a concern in regards to improving the hardware, consider a hybrid of good physical hardware and a cloud solution as a just in case.
You can never be too careful when it comes to data recovery.
More importantly the faster you get back up and running the faster you can get back to work.
What data backup plan do you have in place at your SMB? Are you more concerned about natural disasters or human error when it comes to a disaster recovery plan? Share your thoughts in the comments! If you have a suggestion for a topic we should cover, let us know!