As a business leader, it’s up to you to acquire a data backup & recovery a solution that minimizes downtime without costing your organization an arm and a leg, but this is much easier said than done. Many businesses grow organically and data collection has simply continued on without too much concern or management, but those days are long over. Business can no longer ignore the need for effective, secure and now federally approved, security protocols being in place.
Nobody wants to have to use their data backup and disaster recovery solution, but it’s critical that you plan for the worst. This plan truly is your “data insurance” … and that data is, essentially, your business. Remember, even if you never have to use your data backup solution in an emergency, it’s worth your investment for the peace of mind alone, and the fact that you can quickly restore files when minor user-based mistakes happen.
The most common reasons for data loss:
- Accidental deletion (human error)
- Virus or malware
- Ransomware (hacking)
- Hard disk or storage damage
- Software corruption
- Natural disaster
For your backup & business continuity plan to be successful, you want to focus on your recovery point objective (RPO) and your recovery time objective (RTO). Both will be instrumental to ensuring your business stays in operation during a disaster event and depend highly on federal compliance requirements and your own tolerance level for data loss. ActiveCo clients understand the need for these technologies and how they impact their business, as well as the work/life balance of their people.
Recovery Point Objective
RPO can be defined as how much data you need to recover in order for operations to continue unimpeded. While some data might be mission-critical and required in order to keep your business working as intended, other data might not be so important. It’s up to you to determine what amount of data will be acceptable for your organization and how far back in time you will need to go.
Recovery Time Objective
RTO is defined as the amount of time it you can takes to recover your data (and other resources) in addition to the amount of time it takes for operations to return to normal. Ideally, this should be as low as possible. Having data backups in the cloud can expedite the process, as often times the most trouble you’ll have with data backup is making sure the data can be restored quickly to prevent costly downtime. Downtime can be defined as any time your organization isn’t working as normal for any reason–it doesn’t have to be from a disaster.
How Do They Work Together?
Both of these statistics work together to make sure your organization suffers from a minimal amount of data loss and downtime in the event of a disaster. After all, without data, there’s no point in performing a restoration. In this way, they are both essential if you want to recover with the least amount of trouble and damage.
ActiveCo Technology Management can equip your business with a responsive and dynamic data backup plan that provides adequate RPO and RTO, even under the worst situations. We implement what’s called a Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution, or BDR, to ensure operations aren’t interrupted during a disaster. A BDR can help your business by providing a cloud-based backup that can automatically be deployed as needed. To learn more, reach out to us at 604.931.3633.