Backup & Disaster Recovery
Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery
Every business owner knows how important it is to have insurance on the things that keep their company going. So, if your something happens to your office building or service equipment, you can just rebuild and carry on. However, the one thing that is much more valuable and harder to replace than the bricks and mortar of your business is all of the data that you’ve spent your entire career building on. Client contact info, inventory records, proprietary processes and systems: All things that can be lost forever if you do not have a proper Disaster Recover plan in place!
ComSolutions proactively develops emergency hardware and data solutions for our customers that prevent failures in the event a natural disaster, hardware failure, or virus. There is no room for half-baked solutions that fail at crunch time.
Common Recovery Plan Features
Automated Cloud Backup
The most important feature of any backup and recovery plan is saving multiple copies of your data to remote locations far away from your main office. This way, if a natural disaster wipes out your main office, your backed up data is housed somewhere far enough away to remain unaffected.
Cloud Synchronization is a special variety of cloud backup where your local files are backed up as you make changes instead of on a set schedule. This way, if something happen to your machine, you can just pick up where you left off without having to worry about how much data you lost between now and your last backup.
What happens if your physical computers or servers are destroyed? Even if you have good backups, this could put you out of business for days or even weeks as you wait on new hardware to come in and get set up. Backup plans that include Cloud Replication allow you to restore your system to virtual machines that you can use over the internet until your new systems can finish being rebuilt.
In today’s market it seems like most companies are moving away from on-site servers in exchange for completely cloud based solutions. However, there are still many advantages to a good local server including better data speeds, better security options, and offline usability during an internet outage. While we support many different server redundancy setups, RAID-5 is typically, the best for optimizing both speed and resiliency of your data. These servers use multiple hard-drives to create redundant working copies of your data so that if your server does suffer a drive failure, it can continue to function without interruption until the drive can be replaced.
The IT industry as a whole has gotten spoiled by how easy automatic cloud backups are. Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE our automation, but any system you put into a computer’s control becomes a risk factor for viruses. In 2019, we’ve seen a new generation of ransomware emerging that can find and destroy a wide variety of cloud backups along with your active data; so, our Disaster Recovery Plans often include the use of a manual, removable backup system such as removable hard-drives, thumb drives, tapes, etc. in addition to the automated systems. This way, even if a client forgets to run backups as often as they should, they still have something to work with when all other plans fail.
As they say, “Prevention is better than a cure”. While we offer many solutions to recover your data in the event of a lose, we always prefer to make sure you don’t lose anything to begin with. Loss prevention comes in many forms including surge protectors, battery backups, antivirus software, storm preparation procedures, data security policies, etc.
Your Recovery Solution
There is no such thing as a one-size fits all Disaster Recovery Plan. We put together a comprehensive plan for your organization, considering key components crucial to your recovery, and establish a formal process to be followed to restore your business continuity when a disaster does occur.
To speak with a Disaster Recovery Specialist, contact us today.