Continuous backup and bare metal imaging headline the sixth post from our Business Advisory Guide entitled “12 Little-Known Facts Every Business Owner Must Know About Data Backup, Security And Disaster Recovery.” Written in plain English, this easy to read 15 page guide explains what you must know about data backup and disaster recovery, should you experience a data erasing disaster at your business.
Our last post introduced the first characteristic of 12 Critical Characteristics To Demand From Your Backup Service And IT Company
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2. Bare metal imaging. This is important to ensure a quick restoration of your data and IT operations. A bare metal image is simply a snapshot of your server and all the data on it. That snapshot can then be copied to another server or “virtualized” (put on a server online), sometimes within 1-2 hours. Without this type of backup, you would have to:
- Locate all your software disks and keys
- Re-install the operating system
- Re-install all applications
- Restore the data
- Re-configure the settings
This process could take anywhere from three to five days; even longer if you don’t actually HAVE your software discs and keys. A bare metal image eliminates this delay.
3. The ability to recover data FAST. An EXTREMELY important question to ask is, “If my server crashes beyond repair, how do we get our data back?” You do NOT want Internet download to be your only option for recovering data from the cloud because it could take days or weeks. At a minimum you should be able to get an overnight copy of your data on a physical disk or device – but ideally you should have instant access to a bare metal image so that a new or makeshift server can be set up within an hour, allowing you to keep working (see above).
4. Continuous backup. Another feature to look for is ongoing or continuous backup versus a nightly backup. This allows you to restore a file that you worked all morning on and saved right before the server crashed in the late afternoon.
5. Multiple data centers that are geographically dispersed. Anyone versed in data security knows the best way to avoid loss is to build redundancy into your operations. All that means is that your remote backup service should store multiple copies of your data in more than one location. That way, if a terrorist attack, city-wide power outage or natural disaster destroys one of their locations, they have backups of your backup in a different city where the disaster did not strike.
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