Tips In Choosing Disaster Recovery Solutions

Tips In Choosing Disaster Recovery Solutions

Remember the story of the legendary passenger ship the Titanic? It was said to be unsinkable and yet on its first voyage in April of 1912, it sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic after an encounter with an iceberg. It may be over a hundred years later, but “infallible” products still cease to exist. This holds especially true with computers – the overall complexity of one of today’s simple laptop computers is arguably as complex as the human body. Unless proper care is maintained of computer systems, a failure can cripple an organization. This is why it is extremely important to ensure that appropriate measures are taken with systems that manage crucial business data.

A wide variety of back-up solutions are available for every size business in any industry. The most important first step to take is to formulate a plan. Even small businesses should have a solid plan for retaining and recovery data. It can start with a few simple questions:

  • How much data has my organization collected up until this point in time?
  • How much is it the data worth and what funds can be allocated to preventive maintenance?
  • What is my current system for storing and backing-up data?

Starting with small businesses, there are a broader range of options that can effectively serve data back-up needs. Some of the most ideal solutions today can be found with NAS – simply backing data up to an external storage system that is easily accessible is a good solution for some. Simple NAS devices parallel methods some larger industries use to retain and back-up information. However, NAS and simple USB external drives can all still fail. If this is the solution chosen, it’s important to maintain a regular back-up schedule, preferably some automated system, and also to check the health of the device as part of routine maintenance. Perhaps the best solution is to use an online back-up service such as Carbonite, SugarSync or Dropbox. These are great solutions that can scale from a small amount of storage offered for free up to many terabytes.

Businesses that have multiple locations as well as those that fall into the midsized business category may be able to use certain online services to retain data but there are hardware solutions that may better serve the company’s needs. If there is already an existing IT infrastructure it could potentially hold files for legacy software which still have value for a business. Preconfigured data storage systems like NorStor NS2000 from Nordisk are designed to integrate with an existing system in order to handle data storage for all types of files.

Large businesses that are not operating from a public cloud have many different solutions like redundant RAID arrays that automate data mirroring and hard drive rebuilding. This is probably the most effective way to ensure business continuity and protect against data loss. Of course, certain disasters can wipe out an entire machine, so extra caution should be taken, perhaps in further backing data to a remote location. Remember to keep an eye out for icebergs – it never hurts to have extra resources for back-up and recovery if it fits the budget.

By Deney Dentel,

Deney Dentel is the CEO at Nordisk Systems, Inc. Nordisk Systems is the only local IBM Premier Business Partner based in the Pacific Northwest, specialized in all IT solutions  including cloud computing services, disaster recovery, servers manged service, storage and virtualization.

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