Disasters happen - and they can, and do, destroy businesses. Owners can prevent or limit damage and disruption through a solid backup and disaster recovery strategy.
Protecting irreplaceable data is the first step in safeguarding a business from IT disasters. Planning for, and preventing, disasters, is the second.
Also known as remote backup or remote data backup, online backup has become an extremely attractive option due to cheap bandwidth, cheap storage capacity and low-cost services. The backup system copies your critical data to an offsite server, where it is stored securely in an encrypted form. Data recovery is as easy as logging into the provider's website and pulling the files back.
Data Deposit Box
We recommend Data Deposit Box
because we know and trust the individuals who run the company. Our clients' crucial data is stored in Toronto, not thousands of miles away among strangers. (And data privacy isn't subject to the whims of American legislators.) And their cutting-edge technology comes at a remarkably affordable price.
Online backup is:
- Fully customizable
- Constantly updated
Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning
- Would flood, fire or theft tomorrow mean bankruptcy for your business?
- Would the business survive something less dramatic, like irrecoverable data loss from a server?
- Which data is most critical to your company's survival?
- How much downtime can the business tolerate?
We help clients to identify business-critical IT functions and downtime tolerance (how long critical functions can be down), and work with you to implement an optimal business continuity strategy.
Business continuity plans include combinations of strategies like these:
- Regular backups of critical data
- Mirrored hard drives to allow one drive to take over if another fails
- Constant monitoring of drive function, capacity and errors, to prevent disasters before they happen
- System backups using specialized software, to back up critical applications and operating systems for faster recovery
- Virtualization of systems to allow instant temporary recovery while the main system is repaired
- Hosting servers in a data centre where they are offsite, managed and in a secure, controlled environment
- Mirroring entire systems offsite for instant switchover in case of server failure