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Backup and Disaster Recovery Best Practices

Keeping our clients’ data safe is just one of the many services Tech To U offers. You don’t need to worry about the technical elements of how we can promise that you will never lose data. We have compiled some tips on the best ways to handle backup and recovery in order to help you be better positioned to understand the importance of the process. These are practices we have adopted ourselves.
 
It goes without saying that everyone has had some device fail on them at some point in their life.
 

It isn’t a matter of if you will; it’s a matter of when you will.


Unpredictable events such as power surges, acts of nature, or just ‘a bug in the system’, can compromise the data on your devices. It is important to keep that data secure, somewhere else.
 

A Backup and Data Recovery Plan works in four main steps:

  1. Research: We get up to speed about your technology processes and equipment. We learn about which technology is critical to keep your business running.

  2. Plan: We make your technology Backup & Recovery Plan.

  3. Backup: We setup your Automated Backup – software, hardware and backup process to backup your data and clone your system(s). The important thing to understand about our backup process is that we do it in a way that makes recovery fast.

  4. Checks: The automated system will alert you if there are any skipped or failed backups.

 
The details of a plan and recovery process are different for every business, depending on the technology you have in place and other variables. However, each solution will follow some common basic protocols.

  • When and how often backups happen (Schedule)
  • What is being backed up (Data)
  • Who is responsible for executing backups (Administrator)
  • Who reports on how the backups are working (Administrator)

Network Backup and Recovery
Make sure you have at least two physical backups
Back these up every week as part of your schedule.
 
Be sure to have at least one offsite backup
This ensures security in the event of a natural disaster like flooding or fire.
 
Be sure to test your backups
Having a plan doesn’t ensure your organization against loss however. Backups may fail, new software may not be accounted for, or fault tolerant hardware may not work as anticipated. Your best protection is to have some kind of recovery plan in place that is supported by a test plan to verify that the recovery will succeed.
 
Investigate further by visiting our Data Backup and Disaster Recovery page or Contact Us to request an evaluation.