Smart businesses know the importance of having a reliable disaster recovery solution. The benefits of a system that gets your business back up and running after a severe outage far outweigh the costs. Many businesses will have the foresight to set up a disaster recovery plan, and some may even implement their solution. While implementing a system is the first step, it’s not enough to simply have a system in place. The system must be monitored, tested and professionally managed in order to be effective.
Don’t just assume that your backup solution is working. Like any mission critical system, your disaster recovery system needs to be monitored constantly. Errors and discrepancies should be investigated and corrected as soon as they are discovered. Disaster strikes without warning. Your backup solution needs to be monitored to ensure that it’s functioning perfectly.
An offsite data backup is an invaluable part of a good unified storage solutions. While many disasters can be mitigated with an onsite data backup, catastrophic data loss can occur, rendering onsite backups useless. In the event of a physical disaster to the in-house network, such as a fire or other natural disaster, an offsite data back will ensure important data is recoverable and can be easily restored once the damage has been repaired.
A further step to an offsite backup is to use offsite primary storage. Having both your primary data and your backups stored off site, in separate locations for added redundancy, might be a slightly more expensive method of data management, but one that is far more effective. Cloud computing storage solutions exist that can easily handle such a setup, with features and benefits that can actually save your company money.
Redundancy Is Key
Whether you choose to employ an offsite storage system, for backups or primary data, redundancy is the key. A network without redundancy is an easy target for disaster. Both hardware and software resources need to have backup systems in place to allow businesses to continue to operate, or to resume operations, as soon as possible after a disaster.
Like any critical component of a successful business, a reliable disaster recovery system needs to be properly managed in order to provide maximum benefit to your company. If your business doesn’t have the in-house specialists to manage such a system, which most don’t, consider utilizing a managed service provider. These IT professionals can ensure that your disaster recovery plan is running properly and all of the redundant backups are in place. They also have the necessary expertise to continuously monitor your network and spot any potential issues that can compromise the effectiveness of your disaster recovery solution.
Author Bio: As a Nexenta certified partner, Nordisk Systems in Portland, Oregon delivers enterprise class storage with the amount of physical space that your data centre possesses.