Information is critical for any business and safe guarding it responsibility of IT and as much of the stake holders, to always have running systems for individuals, team, or business.
Defining a good time comprises of a few components, simple yet critical for business success.
Information can have a multiple level protection with simple options, with least amount taken to retrieve files and folders in case of issues, while systems need their own uptime and recover as more people depend on using them while business relies on time.
Recovery & Retention
Recovery: how quick you would like to recover or have systems backup and running
Retention: how back would you like to go for retrieving information from systems in case something fails or a newly discovered information which you might want to recover in future.
Defining critical systems
Systems which need awesome up-time, with failover to connect back to them as they were with all settings, software, applications, user interface. If you have a server definitely walls in this bracket as you or the team depend on working every day. While critical systems could be for even users who would like to see connectivity on their own systems with no time to waste.
It all comes back to how you are setup, your dependency on cloud or in-house applications. Getting to know the perfect match needs consultation and options you can choose with time frame and retention as per your need. Customization makes it possible for you to have options and dependable systems tested from time to time.
Lets look at some options.
Basics: a simple backup on a local drive using a software reviewing recovery mechanism, time to get back up and running. With simple software and checks you can make sure you are always backed up to recover. Verification becomes a challenge while with in-build software systems few quick verification can be made available. While to verify if you have a virtualized environment image can be run to confirm. While running local mechanism take a look at schedule to take the backup offsite for extra protection reviewing a time frame.
Replicate: With complication of taking a copy of backup storing and switching, replication provides a automated system for system to be backed up locally and cloud. In case of failure rest assured you have a copy in cloud. While this helps recovery the time frames need to be considered yet recovery testing.
Connect: With replication getting virtualized in cloud is an option which gives you extra layer of security, connectivity to failover with pre-configured systems for connecting to systems in cloud which can run based on role. Having a virtualized option you can always choose to run backup, use it as a test environment or connect when needed booting up systems as you do in-house with ease of coming back online.
Run of Cloud: There are options to have the same or better recovery options in house, while if you have multiple locations or don’t want any of the hassle running system in the cloud can make sense and always be connected from there. While choosing an option cost becomes important over a time frame than investing on your own, however can pay of well depending on business case scenario.
Considering options always opt cloud and in-house, for making sure you are always secure and can recover from any disaster having a failover & fall back plan for critical business systems.
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