631-905-9617    Get SUPPORT

Suffolk Computer Consultants Blog

5 Basic Steps to Building a Better Backup Strategy

5 Basic Steps to Building a Better Backup Strategy

If you subscribe to Murphy’s Law, you understand why it is so crucial for every business to have a backup solution planned, put into place, and prepared for the worst. However, not every business should go about putting their backup strategy together in the same way. After all, their needs will be different, based on their industry, the data they store, and a variety of other factors.

Here, we’ll go over five steps you should follow to be sure you aren’t missing anything important from your backup strategy.

1. Figuring Out What You Need From Your Backup
Your first step is to determine what it is you will need from whatever backup solution you ultimately implement, because without this determination already made, you will not be able to narrow down your options enough to begin the process. Furthermore, it wouldn’t do to underestimate your actual needs and procure a solution that isn’t going to cut the mustard when you need it to.

The industry you operate within will influence the requirements of whatever backup solution you ultimately do select. Your particular vertical may inherently require vast amounts of meticulously organized data, which will mean you need a backup system that can accommodate that data in whatever format it is in. Is some of your data of particular importance? You may want to consider prioritizing that data, and finding a solution that allows you to do that. This includes also taking the potential risks to your data into account, including malicious actors and natural events, as you compose a list of security, usability, and reliability standards that your final choice must meet.

2. Establishing Your Budget
Now that you know your baseline requirements for your backup, you need to ensure that your business is financially prepared to implement it. Different approaches to backup will vary in cost and pricing structure, as well as potentially cost different amounts where employee training is concerned - after all, some options will require an employee to manage it, which will require an investment into properly training them to do so.

While it may be tempting to try and cut costs and minimize your investment as much as possible, this isn’t the place to do it. Your data backup, while it admittedly won’t generate you any profit, helps prevent your business from losing money through lost business and downtime.

3. Picking a Platform
It wasn’t too terribly long ago that keeping a backup just meant that you had an extra copy of your data saved in a spare hard drive. Now, there are more options to leverage.

For example, instead of a spare hard drive, there are software-based options available that act as a backup solution, as well as backup options available through cloud service providers. Many companies are now electing, however, to implement a hybrid solution. This combines the convenience of a software-based backup with the resilience of a cloud-based backup solution. Combined, this makes fully leveraging the capabilities of either backup method much easier, with practically ensured access to your stored data as needed.

4. Making a Recovery Plan
What good is a backup if it can’t be put into use, just because nobody knows how? No good at all.

This is why, in addition to your backup, you need to have a detailed plan written out that will allow anyone to enact it as needed. Make sure that this plan includes important details, like variables that could affect the recovery process, which data should be prioritized, and what to do after your data is restored. If there are other members of your organization who will have a role to play in the recovery process, they need to be familiarized with the processes and qualifications outlined within.

5. Testing it All Out
On a related note, what good is a backup if it doesn’t work? Again, it isn’t going to help you much, so it’s going to be pretty useless to you when you need it. In order to avoid heartbreak and devastation when you only discover a failed backup when you’re relying on it to work, you should regularly test your backup solution.

There are a lot of things to consider when testing your backup: that it works, that you can restore your data back from it successfully, that your employees know how to handle it, and that you’re testing it regularly to make sure something doesn’t go wrong.

Suffolk Computer Consultants has quite a bit of experience in assisting small and medium-sized businesses with their data backup and recovery needs. To find out how we can help you, give us a call at 631-905-9617.

Intro to Your Tech: Protocol
Depending on Your Situation, VoIP May or May Not M...
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Friday, October 19 2018
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Business Computing Technology Best Practices Cloud Privacy Cybersecurity Network Security Malware Managed IT Services Tech Term Communications Microsoft Productivity Backup Smartphones Passwords Communication Hackers Hosted Solutions Hardware Internet VoIP Efficiency Email Small Business Google Software Business Management Android Browser Ransomware Outsourced IT User Tips Business Wi-Fi Save Money Social Media Alert Smartphone Cloud Computing Business Intelligence Applications Computer Data Employer-Employee Relationship Collaboration Microsoft Office Router Innovation Miscellaneous Data Backup Saving Money Twitter Bandwidth Windows 10 Data Recovery Government Mobile Devices BDR Data Breach IT Services Managed IT Services Patch Management Settings Data Management Vulnerability Blockchain Phishing Apps Virtualization Excel Internet of Things Gadgets IT Support Office Mobile Device Access Control Workplace Tips Network Users Automation Password Analytics VoIP Wireless Charging Tech Terms Paperless Office Data Protection Physical Security Managed IT Service Business Continuity IT Support Gmail Cost Management Virtual Assistant Retail Remote Monitoring Information Law Enforcement Dark Web Holiday Productivity Marketing Computers Workers WiFi Cybercrime VPN Chrome Tip of the week Remote Computing Scam Virus Artificial Intelligence Website Office 365 Networking Company Culture Battery Word Compliance Politics Cortana Wireless App Spam How To Windows Hacking Mobile Device Management Travel Proactive IT Connectivity Gadget Tablet Lead Generation Troubleshooting Mobile Security Information Technology Hiring/Firing Touchscreen Bring Your Own Device Two-factor Authentication Voice over Internet Protocol Laptop Printing Reporting Data loss Unified Communications Spyware Printer Server Work/Life Balance Live Streaming Remote Monitoring and Management Network Attached Storage Facebook Streaming Media Shortcut Knowledge Entertainment Update Operating System Biometrics Managed IT Paper Office Tips Automobile Telephone Systems File Sharing Microsoft Office 365 Technology Tips Disaster Recovery Hybrid Cloud Botnet Tech Support Files Telephony Recovery Safety Remote Support Medical IT Staff Maintenance RAM User Tip HP Cleaning Database Printers WhatsApp Analysis Server Management Downloads CrashOverride Google Drive Comparison WannaCry Outlook Environment Access Amazon Ink Remote Control User Security Authentication Backup and Disaster Recovery Hard Drives Voice over IP Hosted Solution Antivirus GDPR Websites Microsoft Teams Document Management Tactics Managed Service Trends Big Data Specifications HIPAA e-waste BYOD Server eCommerce IT budget PowerPoint Phone System Google Maps Spam Blocking Business Technology Education Authorization SSD Smart Technology Copy Apple Storage Managing Stress Telecommuting Digital Internet Explorer News Machine Learning A.I. Multi-Factor Security Conferencing Hard Drive SaaS disposal Licensing Online Shopping Plug-In IT Management Sports Email Management Sales Inventory Paste iPhone Error Dongle G Suite Millennials Cables Edge Threat Staffing Spotify Telephone System Telecommute Movies Content Filtering Processors Value Credit Cards Public Speaking Television Money Employer Employee Relationship Presentation Emoji Printer Fun HaaS Lithium-ion battery Freedom of Information Augmented Reality Wireless Technology 5G Unified Threat Management IBM Current Events Yahoo The Internet of Things Leadership Encryption Hacker Budget Competition Search Customer Relationship Management Computer Care Net Neutrality Personal Information Vendor Management IP Address Autocorrect Emergency Customer Service Gaming Console Avoiding Downtime Dark Data Upgrade Scheduling Mobile Office Scalability Samsung Domains Quick Tips Synergy Managed Service Provider Video Games Regulation Worker DDoS Windows 10 IaaS Instagram

Newsletter Sign Up