All organizations have a big responsibility in preserving data relating to their employees, their clients, transactions and more. A sound backup and recovery system is most certainly required for this process. While most businesses do have a system in place, the challenge is to keep these systems relevant in the midst of the fast changing technological landscape.
Many businesses, however, have failed to upgrade their technology and retain outdated data storage solutions, which may not just be inadequate to meet the demands of business operations, but they also remain vulnerable to various threats. In our industry, we’ve noticed most organizations taking an ad hoc approach to many of the daily business operations. While this may work to keep operations running, backups take a beating, and, when a crisis erupts, the business could be in big trouble.
In today’s fast changing world, here are some of the key challenges facing most businesses in regards to data security:
- There is an exponential increase in the quantity of data they generate, which correspondingly increases the quantity that requires backups.
- Aging of the existing backup and recovery system at the hardware level is also a common concern.
- The backup and recovery system software is becoming increasingly obsolete by the day, even in the wake of advancement in technology. Many systems may have become obsolete beyond redemption and require a full replacement rather than upgrade.
The latest backup solutions come more or less fully automated, drastically reducing manual effort and the time for backup. These backup and recovery solutions also invariably offer a cloud option, which is becomingly increasingly more popular as well. However, when upgrading to a new system, businesses need to consider more than just the basic requirements; they need to know that the solution they choose will be viable in the long-run. Some of the factors to consider when choosing a data backup and recovery solution include:
- Each new backup appliance requires software, hardware and support services, which need to be appropriately sized. Organizations need to evaluate the compatibility of the new solution the operating systems uses or plans to use, along with the ability of the backup appliance to integrate seamlessly with the interfaces in use: Windows, Linux, UNIX, MAC or others.
- The ability of the system to backup all files types, including different media files, needs to be evaluated. The ability to backup mobile devices in today’s is becoming crucial as well.
- The solution should have the ability to recover not just from total system loss, but from other situations as well, such as accidental document deletion, partial recovery and more.
- Investigate or ask the extent to which the solution provider offers follow-up support for technical support and troubleshooting. This is especially useful when a crisis actually unfolds and those present may not be too familiar on what to do.
- Scalability of the solution, to meet future requirements, and the extent to which the system is “future-proof” is one of the most important considerations. Your data backup and recovery solution should be able to scale with you.
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