Fire, flood, hurricanes and other disasters can strike without warning. These events can potentially cripple your business and its ability to provide products or services. It’s currently hurricane season in the United States. During August, 2017 Hurricane Hurricane Harvey delivered a devastating blow to the South West/South East of the United States. Texas was hit particularly hard. Many businesses were destroyed and those that survived are without power, Internet and phones. Some analysts are predicting property loss of $30-100 Billion dollars (reference).
As a responsible business owner or IT manager, you simply cannot leave your disaster recovery efforts to chance. To minimize the potential impact, it’s vital you establish and maintain policies which can help your staff know who to contact and what to do when disaster strikes.
The right Disaster Recovery Plan is like a well-stocked toolbox. Your toolbox should contain a variety of general and specialized tools. One of the most important tools is your data backup plan. Your data is critically important to your business. Restoration of that data is an integral part of any complete disaster recovery plan. The ability and speed with which you can restore your business data will largely determine how quickly you can recover your business. Making sure you know how to restore your business data is a critical step to insuring you can recover effectively when a disaster hits.
If you’re like many businesses, you may still be relying on tapes or other media for your backups. While your backup procedures may be automated, they may require one of your staff to take the daily/weekly/monthly media off-site. An onsite backup may be sufficient to protect you against hardware failure, but it is useless against an event that destroys your physical offices; i.e. fire, flood, earthquake or theft. Allowing a staff member to take sensitive business data offsite has issues as well; i.e. risk of data loss, compliance, access to the media when you need to restore, improper storage, etc.
Redundant off-site backups can be easily accomplished with Ascendant’s Managed Cloud Backup solutions. You’re probably already familiar with “the cloud” which allow you to access your data from virtually anywhere. This same technology can be harnessed to streamline your backup process and meet your requirements for off-site storage.
Cloud-based backups allow for automated, redundant backups which are both reliable and secure. Our cloud backup solutions store your data in encrypted format at geographically separated data centers. You simply pay a monthly or annual fee based on the amount of data storage you need. For health-care, finance and other professional organizations, these cloud-based backup solutions can help you meet compliance requirements for security, off-site storage, etc. By using cloud backups, you’re not only protected against theft, malware, or computer failure; you’re also protected against a building loss or city-wide disaster.
However, cloud-based backup solutions are not suited for every business. Contrary to popular belief, tape-based backup is not dead. For any cloud backup solution, you need to consider the total amount of data you’re protecting and the available connection speed your business has to the Internet. For most small and medium-sized businesses, cloud-based backup solutions work best with high-speed broadband; i.e. cable, FIOS, etc. Even with a high-speed connection, some cloud-based backup solutions can take days or weeks to complete an initial backup or restore your data. That’s an obvious limitation that needs to be considered when choosing your cloud backup solution.
Ascendant Technologies, Inc. located in Somerset, NJ, has over 22 years of experience managing business class data and backup solutions. Like insurance, you hope you’ll never need it, but the right cloud-based backup solution can be an essential component of your disaster recovery plan.
For more information on Ascendant Technologies, Inc. and our Cloud-Based Backup solutions, please call us at 888-925-4357 or Contact Us to learn more!