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Business Continuity – Disaster Recovery

Full backup and data recovery in case your network should ever fail for any reason

Your data is as a precious commodity, and your business depends on it for everything.  If your network should ever fail for any reason, albeit a natural disaster or other, you need a backup service to recover and restore everything you lost on your server.  You can be prepared for the unexpected with complete data recovery solutions to eliminate the risk of losing your data in the event of a catastrophe.

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TotalDefense is our data recovery solution and can quickly get your business back up and running again. It includes a comprehensive disk-based, full-image solution for business continuity through our fully managed Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR) device. It works by taking snapshots of the server throughout the day and storing them off-site, away from immediate danger or risk. With this advanced service, your business data is safeguarded while you maintain productivity and limit financial losses that may result from a failure of any kind.
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Trust in the delivery of a faster recovery and protected data with TotalDefense, and never worry about losing information again.

Understanding Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR)

There is no escaping this unavoidable truth – all technology eventually fails. When hardware that stores your data fails, it can be costly or even disastrous unless you're prepared. Every business owner's continuity plan should include a disaster recovery solution that acknowledges the inevitable.

Hard drives are unpredictable pieces of hardware and can malfunction at any time. But hardware failure isn't the only issue that can lead to data loss if you're unprepared. Natural disasters and cyber attacks can also cripple companies without a disaster recovery plan in place. Not only should data be backed up, but it must also be quickly recoverable so that downtime is limited if an unforeseen event takes place.

Not so long ago, backup and disaster recovery was cumbersome and had to be performed manually. Today's backup and disaster recovery solutions are often cloud-based, which means they are more secure, monitored and reliable. Continuous backup means that all data is protected in real time. Our BDR systems are also highly customizable, so we can work with you to develop a backup solution that compliments your workflow.

A brief history of backup

For many years, data backup was done with tapes copied in a machine. These tapes were then stored in a vault at an offsite location. This required that a person physically move the media to an offsite location.

Over the last 20 years, backup data was often transferred to the remote site via low bandwidth WAN links. Not only was storage expensive, but data transfers had a limited time frame in which they could occur. Ten years ago, online backup made it possible for an IT solution provider to back up data to an offsite hosted platform. This eliminated the need for media transport and opened the door for cloud computing to emerge.

As bandwidth increased, cloud-based backup and data recovery solutions took center stage. This technology makes continuous data protection affordable for any business. Cloud-based recovery solutions are capable of protecting far more than just data. When a disaster strikes, the entire IT infrastructure can still be accessed by users, which was not possible with onsite or offsite location because computers and networks still had to be replaced.

This underscores the real value of cloud-based recovery and backup solutions. Your business will continue to operate regardless of the situation on the ground. As technology continues to evolve, more streamlined backup and recovery solutions will become even more affordable.

The different varieties of backup

Every business employs its own workflow. Understanding the different varieties of backup can help you determine what would work best for your company. Let's review these options one-by-one.

  • Full backup – All folders and files are entirely backed up. Full backup is often accompanied by differential or incremental backups when it's used initially. Full backups contain all data every time it is performed. While this process is simple, it consumes a lot of storage space and takes longer to perform than other options.
  • Differential backup – After a full backup is performed, subsequent backups only include changes that have been made. Backup speeds are increased and storage is used more efficiently, but restore times are slowed.
  • Incremental backup – After a full backup is performed, subsequent backups store changes whether the previous cycle was full or incremental.
  • Mirror backup – Real-time duplicates of the source are referred to as a mirror backup. If a source file is created or deleted, it is created or deleted in the mirror backup. Mirror backups are vulnerable to user error and cyber attack because an accidentally deleted file will be deleted in the mirror, and a virus can be copied in the same manner. Some mirror backup services will not delete files within the mirror for a period of time to protect users from accidental data loss.
  • Local backup – If the storage medium is maintained on-site, it is referred to as local backup. This is the most rudimentary variety of backup but does not offer any redundancy or cloud-based protections.
  • Cloud backup (remote backup) – Data is stored offsite at a remote location and backed up through the cloud. This technology offers the highest levels of protection from data loss caused by unforeseen events like natural disasters.

Hybrid backup solutions – an overview

Hybrid backup is a combination of cloud and local backup. Local backups protect data on a single computer system while the cloud ensures that data is safe from a localized disaster. Hybrid backup allows for rapid file restores, disaster recovery and system recovery.

It's important to note that data backup and disaster recover are two very different things. Backups can fail, either because the user fails to perform the backup or because the software fails. Backing up data without considering its recovery is no different than not backing up the data at all. Restoring data requires people, tools and processes to perform the task, and a recovery environment that includes servers, storage and operating systems.

At OrLANtech, we can help you develop a comprehensive disaster recovery solution that ensures your business is ready when disaster strikes.

Do you need backup and disaster recover?

Unwarranted faith in data backup software has left many businesses wishing they had a more comprehensive plan. Ask yourself, what would lost data cost you in the long run? Could your business recover if you were unable to get up and running days, weeks or months after a disaster? Indeed, a data backup and disaster recovery solution is essential for every business, especially considering your data is your most precious commodity. Bottom line: Backup software can fail.

Because backup software can fail, you must plan for recovery. If a disaster or some other unforeseen event occurs, you will need to quickly restore your data. Without a recovery plan, it's possible that your backups will prove worthless.

Your plan must include maintaining the necessary recovery systems within your recovery environment. This includes servers, storage, operating systems and other essential applications to restore your work environment. Finally, you need to work with professional IT personnel who have the tools required to ensure your disaster recovery is seamless.

A glossary of backup and disaster recovery terms

The following information will help you better understand the nomenclature used by professionals in the data backup and disaster recovery industry. If you have any questions about any of these topics, don't hesitate to give us a call.

  • BDR (Backup and Disaster Recovery) – A solution to ensure business continuity when an unforeseen event like a natural disaster destroys data at its point of origin.
  • Remote data backup – Securely storing and backing up data created by remote and branch offices.
  • Recovery time objective – This benchmark indicates how fast data recovery must be achieved to ensure business continuity after an unplanned interruption.
  • Recovery point objective – This benchmark indicates what data must be recovered in order for normal business operations to resume after an unplanned interruption.
  • Backup window – The intervals within backups are run on a system. Backup windows are often scheduled during periods of low use.
  • Disaster recovery – Security planning designed to protect businesses from a disaster or some other event with potentially negative consequences.
  • Cloud disaster recovery – Part of a disaster recovery solution involving data storage in the cloud environment.
  • Business continuity – Actions taken to ensure that a disaster doesn't interrupt business functions or cause the loss of important data.

Partner with OrLANtech to create a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery solution

Our data recovery solution is called TotalDefense, and it's a proven way to ensure your business is quickly backing up and running when disaster strikes. This comprehensive disk-based, full-image solution for business continuity works by taking server snapshots during the day and storing them at a remote location. Your business data is protected while you maintain productivity and limit financial losses that a failure can cause.

If you would like more information about TotalDefense, our experienced client success managers can help. Contact us today.