Cloud Backup must include Business Continuity
You may constantly hear scenarios and justifications for off-site backup or what is referred to as cloud backup. An off-site cloud backup is the first piece to a successful disaster recovery strategy, but the most important piece of cloud backup, is being able to restore your data in the event of a disaster. The majority of Chicago companies have an off-site cloud backup solution, but you have to ask yourself how often do you test your ability to recover from a disaster and have you tested your cloud backup system. And most importantly can your business continue operations in the event of a disaster that takes down your systems or takes out your data. The cloud backup solution must also include a way to quickly use the data and begin operations again. This is known as business continuity. IT Risk Managers LLC Business Continuity solution allows a company to back up its data in the cloud, and if a disaster happens, IT Risk Managers Business Continuity solution can spin up a virtual servers in the cloud which can be used as temporary servers until your company business servers are restored.
Cloud backup and business continuity solutions should protect you from the following events
Data backup for End-User Error
Sometimes files get deleted and mistakes get made. An employee may lose important data through clicking on the wrong link, or even clicking on a malicious link. Laptops may get lost or dropped, and days of important work can be lost. A good cloud backup solution from a reputable Chicago Managed IT Services provider can mitigate issues related to user-error, recover the data and keep business operations flowing.
Disaster recovery for Hardware Failures and outages
Hard drives, servers, desktops, and laptops have limited life and can fail causing interruptions in business operations. There are ways that today’s systems can be designed and implemented that limit exposure to hardware failures. Technologies like virtualization, replicated servers, and hardware are a few ways. But, a Business Disaster Recovery (BDR) and Business Continuity system for your Chicago business insures that data is saved, replicated and can be restored quickly and efficiently so it does not affect company operations and the business can continue operating. A good business continuity solution will also enable point in time recoveries, so you can recover data-sets at a very particular point in time. You may need to restore your data at exact point from 3 weeks ago or 3 hours ago. For example one of the cloud backup solutions IT Risk Managers offers Chicago companies are point in time full data backups. We offer 15 fixed recovery point in a twelve month period. Five daily cloud backups, three weekly cloud backups, six monthly and one yearly. This will gave your Chicago business the ability to cover from almost any disaster.
Business Continuity for File Corruption and Software Failure
Software can also fail. Files and data can become corrupted and things maybe deleted without warning. A business continuity solution will enable a recovery of the deleted data or corrupt data in a timely manner so your business operations can continue.
BDR for Natural Disasters and Extreme weather
Businesses can lose thousands in operations, productivity and efficiencies if they are not prepared for weather related incidences and natural disasters. A good Business Disaster Recovery solution is key to overcoming a natural disaster. Your geographic location may be prone to certain types of environmental events and you have to take the proper precautions for each event. A good BDR solution is the cornerstone to surviving these events. A good cloud backup partner, and IT Managed Services partner will have the backup technologies and data recovery solutions in place to give you the ability to recover your data in the event of floods, storms, and tornadoes. IT Risk Managers BDR solution also gives you access to temporary virtual servers that can be used until your business servers are restored.
Business Backup for Insider threats and Cyber crime
Unfortunately today’s data and systems can be susceptible to an insider threat. You may have an unhappy or disgruntled employee who may intentionally encrypt, delete, or steal sensitive information. A properly deployed BDR may not stop the behavior but it can help you recover and mitigate the damage in the event of an occurrence. Viruses, malware, and especially ransomware, are all dangerous threat to today’s data and business operations. Hackers, and cyber criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their attacks. It really is not a question of weather you will be attacked its just a question of when you will be attacked. A good Business Continuity and cloud backup solution will help you recover from these inevitable attacks.
Are you Prepared in the event of a Data Loss?
Some questions you may want to ask yourself regarding your ability to recover from a data loss event:
Do you know the risks and financial costs to your business from data loss due to downtime?
Do you back up your data multiple times throughout the day?
Do you have a software and storage solution dedicated to backing up up your business data?
Is your critical business data backed up offsite?
Is your backed up data stores at redundant offsite locations?
Is the data stored off-site always encrypted?
Is your backup system and files tested and verified by a team of backup specialists?
Have you scheduled annual disaster recovery tests to verify the integrity and operations of your back up solution?
Do you have a backup solution that gives you access to virtual machines and servers that can be turned on and used so your business can recover quickly?
IT Risk Managers Chicago Cloud Backup and Business Continuity
IT Risk Managers is a full service Chicago IT Managed Service provider. We have enterprise cloud backup solutions that we’ve enabled for small and medium businesses. All of our services are continuously monitored by our Network Operating Center (NOC) If you have any additional questions about Chicago Cloud backup solutions, Chicago Business Continuity solutions, and backing up your business’ data please email email@example.com or call Rick Bolda at 630-918-7370.