Why Do You Need A Data Backup And Disaster Recovery Plan?

Why Do You Need A Data Backup And Disaster Recovery Plan?
Why Do You Need A Data Backup And Disaster Recovery Plan?

Why do you need a data backup and disaster and recovery plan?

  1. Human error
  2. Cyber threats
  3. Natural disasters
  4. Hardware failure
  5. Lost or stolen devices
  6. Business continuity

Aside from losing important files and information, data loss can lead to downtime and lost revenue. Unexpected situations such as natural disasters, cyber threats, hardware failure, and employee errors can lead to the loss of important data. Recovering these without a backup plan can be difficult if not impossible, so having one is a must. If you want to learn why you need a data backup and disaster recovery plan, keep on reading.

Human Error

Human Error

One of the most common causes of data loss for organizations is human error. Employees might accidentally delete an important file and cause major problems for the entire business. While this problem is significantly reduced by training your workers, even the most careful person could make mistakes.

Fortunately, data backup solutions are dependable whether you lose a single file or a whole file folder. For instance, with Unitrends EndPoint Backup solutions, you can benefit from continuous file and folder backup over an internet connection. It provides point-in-time rollback so you can restore files and entire sites after an accidental delete. You can choose from several file versions that are saved on the cloud.

Cyber Threats

Cyber Threats

In the event that your security is bypassed and your files are affected by ransomware, a backup solution can help mitigate the damage. This is a type of malware that can prevent users from accessing your system. It can also lock computer screens or encrypt specific files. Ransomware can affect all industries—from healthcare, automobile, financial services, technology, education, oil & gas, and more.

Solutions like Datto Workplace offer a Threat Detection and Management feature to help detect ransomware infections, quarantine them and revert the affected files to the previous clean state. In addition, any security incidents are also reported to team administrators for easier cybersecurity management.

Natural Disasters

Natural Disasters

From storms, fires, and floods—you can only do so much to stop natural disasters from causing permanent damage to your IT infrastructure. In most cases, businesses shut down because of the costly downtime. Other than typhoons, a power outage can also lead to data loss because your employees may potentially lose their work in progress.

It is vital to have multiple backup solutions—such as on-site, off-site, and cloud backups—so you can retrieve your data in worst-case scenarios. If you encounter a natural calamity, Unitrends offers a business continuity and disaster recovery solution that can help you rapidly recover data so you can resume your critical operations immediately and keep downtime to a minimum.

Hardware Failure

Hardware Failure

If you don’t have your data backed up to your cloud, you are more vulnerable to data loss caused by hardware failure. Hard drives can malfunction due to overheating, water damage, power surges, impact when dropped, and exposure to magnetic fields. The files can also become corrupted and affect your business operations.

With Unitrends EndPoint Backup, however, you can protect all your organization’s files and retrieve them from the cloud when needed. Other than that, it is beneficial to have a high availability clustering solution in your organization to minimize downtime. This way, you will have two servers instead of one. In case your active server fails, a clone or the passive server will take over so you can meet your uptime goals.

Lost Or Stolen Devices

Lost Or Stolen Devices

With remote work in place, you have limited visibility where your employees take their computing devices during work. Working at home is one thing, but the risk of lost or stolen devices is high in public areas. For instance, laptops can be stolen when left unattended in cars, airports, or restaurants. This can affect your employees’ work in progress or lead to a permanent data loss without a proper retrieval plan.

For this situation, Datto allows you to disable a lost device or wipe the data so you can prevent outsiders from accessing your business information. With files backed up to the cloud, you will also have no problem retrieving them from another device in the future.

Business Continuity

Business Continuity

In the event of a data loss, your business could suffer multiple consequences. Without your critical files, your productivity can be disrupted. It might take time to recover, so you can experience downtime which can lead to lost sales. In most cases, you might never retrieve data that was lost.

This incident can also negatively affect your reputation in the industry. Losing data also means a loss in customer confidence – they may think that you’re unable to protect their sensitive information properly. With a prolonged downtime and service interruption, loyal customers have a higher chance of switching to a competitor. That’s why the quicker you can recover data, the better you could protect your business, retain customers, and provide more value to your industry.

Key Takeaway

There are multiple reasons why you need a data backup and disaster recovery plan. In the event of a data loss due to human error, natural disaster, cyberthreat, hardware failure, or lost or stolen devices, these can help you bounce back immediately and continue your operations with minimal interruptions.

If you’re interested in implementing a data backup and disaster recovery plan, you can contact CT Link! We offer backup as a service so you can perform quick recoveries if needed.

Data Protection: Looking Closer at Cloud Storage

Data Protection: Looking Closer at Cloud Storage

The way we store data is evolving, from the days of punch cards, magnetic tape, discs, solid state, and flash we have now arrived to having what is called cloud storage.  A research from IDC shows that IT Infrastructure sales into the cloud has finally surpassed traditional IT environments for the first time in the third quarter of 2018.

With Cloud Storage being the new trend in the storage sector, it is no wonder that organizations are hopping on the bandwagon.  Cloud storage boasts that it will ensure business continuity and scalability. However, when done in practice, the transition is nuanced due to reasons such as financial restraints and multi-generational IT infrastructures.

We should also still consider that even though there are newer technologies, some forms of the older technology for storage still retain their use cases depending on the industry.  This is why even though cloud is seeing more usage lately, most companies are still between different storage solutions so that they can determine which data should be moved to the cloud and which can stay on premise, a hybrid cloud approach. 

Moving to the Cloud needs to be well thought-out

Although many companies are currently adopting a hybrid cloud approach, Gartner predicts almost 90% of companies will be on a hybrid-cloud infrastructure by 2020, many are still struggling to find the right balance.  Research from backup solutions vendor, Arcserve, found that 64% of respondents believe that it hasn’t gotten easier to safeguard business critical data compared to 5 years ago. This is despite all the technological advancement we’ve had throughout the years; the problem is still the same for them.  This means that finding the right technology is only the first step, you will also need a proper process and team who will help you with the transition to a cloud-based system while not neglecting the on-site system.  This is key if you want to ensure continuity in the current global environment filled with cyber threats and multi-platform integration.

Therefore, it is advisable that you take your time when attempting to move your data to the cloud.  This should be done with the help of those who can help you deliberate which data would benefit from moving to the cloud and staying on premise.  You will need the help of a provider who will make sure that the solutions that you have are considered while also looking into your best interest when it comes to cost you will incur. 

If you are interested in learning more about Data Protection, you may refer to our data solutions page here, or you can also contact us directly at 893-9515 and we will be happy to help you through your journey!

Data Protection

Data has become the centerpiece of any organization.  It is the driving force in which they base major decisions and even day to day operations.  This is why safeguarding such important information has become key in a successful business.  However, securing data and protecting data are two different agendas.  Data protection is focused more on safeguarding your data from compromise, corruption or loss rather than focusing on outside threats.  CT Link Systems, Inc. specializes in the following data protection solutions: Clustering and Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR).

With clustering, CT Link can help you minimize the downtime and service interruptions of your production infrastructure.  We are able to accomplish this by implementing a high availability clustering solution which uses two servers to act as an active one while the other as a passive server.  The passive server is a clone of the active server and will automatically be used upon the failure of the active server.

Through Business Continuity, CT Link can guide you through the steps in which you can take to ensure your data is well archived and retain-able using the right backup solution.  We are able to provide you with two types of backup solutions, either on-premise or on the cloud.  With this flexibility, we are able to help tailor fit your solution to better fit the need and budget of your business.  In disaster recovery, we can help  your business by setting up an offsite backup of all your essential data and configurations which can be used in restoring your system upon an unforeseen data loss to your on-premise infrastructure.