Imagine this – You’re in the middle of a super important project that you’ve been working on for months. Hours of research, piles of reports, and documents. So much time and effort have gone into this project.
All of that information disappeared because you did not make backups.
A primary data failure is any business’ nightmare!
It can be the result of hardware or software failure, data corruption, or perhaps a human error of some sort. Other reasons could be a malicious attack (virus or malware), or even just a plain accidental data wipe.
Data backup and recovery – what does the process include?
Backup and recovery is a fundamental process and it should be considered and implemented by all organizations.
What makes backup and recovery so vital?
It protects your company against any form of data loss or data deletion.
This data backup process is also referred to as an operational recovery. Meaning, the restoration of the data to the original location, or to an alternate location where it can be used in the place of the lost or damaged data.
What is the meaning of data backup and recovery?
Organizations should prioritize effective data backup and recovery solutions to store copies of all important datasets on a separate medium in order to protect the organization against primary data loss or corruption. This additional medium can be as simple as our cloud backup solutions.
In order to get the most protection against data loss, the process should be followed very frequently. The longer you wait between backups, the more data you risk losing.
1 – Data Loss Prevention
Firstly, backing up your data prevents data loss. We have all experienced some form of data loss. Maybe your computer crashed and you lost all of your treasured family photographs. The main reason for backup and recovery is to ensure that no data is lost, should a system crash or failure occur.
2 – Operation Plan B
Secondly, always have a plan B. Not only should you have backups, but you should also back up the backups.
Does that make sense?
We do this in case the original backups are also corrupted or lost. The best option is to store these backups on the cloud or offsite storage.
Why the need for so many backups? Natural disasters often occur and man-made disasters are also something to look out for. What do you do in case of floods or an earthquake? Just because we don’t often have serious political stress, doesn’t mean that serious human interaction won’t end in major data loss.
I mean… Have you seen Die Hard 4?
Proper risk management accounts for any and all possible threats.
Luckily, we are in the golden age of cloud technology. Backing up your data has never been easier or safer if done properly.
3 – Tax Reporting and Audits
Audits can be a nightmare – especially so if data has been lost.
Backup and recovery will often help save you for those audits.
4 – Client Relationship
Did you know that saving your client information can help improve the relationships you have with clients?
When clients trust in you and your service, it only adds value to their experience with your company and can even improve sales.
5 – Investor Relations
Saving data and keeping it safe is vital to investor relations.
Shareholders and stakeholders can only make informed decisions when they have a complete picture of the situation, which is difficult when you have experienced tragic data loss.
6 – Improved Productivity
There is nothing new under the sun. If you are dealing with some work issue, chances are that many others have already come across the same problem before. If you properly store files and make these files accessible to employees, less time will be spent on finding solutions, and more time spent on implementing solutions that have worked in the past.
See? You’re already getting things done!
7 – No Wasted Time
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day! Just implement what others have done and used in the past. This means, no more working from scratch, but rather building upon previous work.
8 – Peace of Mind
Finally, and perhaps the most valuable reason for data backups – peace of mind.
No more sleepless nights. No more worrying that a cyberattack will cause a setback for months or even years.
While these data loss events have drastic implications, at least you can just restart that beautiful machine of a company and watch it hum back to life. No time or data is completely lost.
It is never too late to start saving important company data. In the end, data backups are necessary to save the business from losing time, money, investors and customers.
Does your organization implement effective data backup and recovery solutions?
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