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Published 16 September 2020

Nigel Stoneman

Nigel Stoneman
Business Development

As a precaution: Your data should be backed up in three places, store that data on two different formats, and keep one copy offsite. Three copies ensure that no single event will wipe out all your data. Retrieving a back up of your data is not the same as a disaster recovery plan.
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Backup vs Disaster Recovery

“Backed up data” and “disaster recovery”, are they the same thing?

Backup is not the same as Disaster Recovery

What damage would your business suffer if you are without your IT infrastructure and/or your online presence for 4 working days or more?

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Because more and more of our data now resides in “The Cloud” we are prone to assume that it is safe, so that all that is required in the case of data loss is to bring it back from the cloud and we are back up and running.

As a precaution: Your data should be backed up in three places, store that data on two different formats, and keep one copy offsite. Three copies ensure that no single event will wipe out all your data. Retrieving a back up of your data is not the same as a disaster recovery plan.

If you suffer from a disastrous event like a building fire or flood, long term power outage or similar, where your physical Server(s) are damaged beyond repair, having your data backed up is not going to get your business up and running again all that quickly.

Having a replica of your operating system and any application software backed up in the cloud is a partial solution assuming you can get new hardware sourced and commissioned quickly, this usually takes 4-5 working days and subject to availability.

With the growth of online commerce, the disruption of being off-line for 4-5 days can quickly lead to your existing customers moving to your competitors and new customers not finding you at all.

With a greater number of businesses running purely online, having a significant online e-commerce revenue stream or just being connected, being able to recover from a disaster quickly is key to surviving such an event.

If you knew that there was the ability to have your physical systems replicated in the cloud so that if the worst happens your systems and online presence can be restored in a matter of minutes, would that help you to sleep easier at night?

How do you ensure you have an effective Disaster Recovery Solution?

We would be glad to spend some time with you to review your Back Up and Disaster Recovery policies and provide you with some valuable and actionable feedback. There are a range of options that are available that can have you back up and running quickly in the event of a disaster.

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