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A Strategy for Data Backup & Disaster Recovery



The essential data stored on computers and in the cloud puts any business constantly at risk. Between natural disasters, cyber-attacks, hardware malfunctions, system failures, software corruption, and human error, every organization needs an effective plan for data backup and disaster recovery. The following are components of a solid data backup and disaster recovery (BDR) plan.

RPO and RTO

Determine the company’s recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO) in order to establish your data backup and disaster recovery plan. RPO is the amount of data loss you can afford to lose before business operations are seriously disrupted. RTO is the maximum amount of time it can take to get your company back online and working before there are disastrous consequences.

Verify your Backup System

It does no good to back up data if it cannot be restored when needed. A good BDR plan includes testing to ensure that your backups are there when needed.

Establish a Data Retention Policy

You may be required to retain certain data for a certain period of time. A good data backup and disaster recovery plan takes into account business retention needs as well as legal requirements for data retention.

Multiple Options for Data Recovery

Multiple recovery options are needed to protect data in case of a disaster because you need instant restoration capability in case any critical machines stop functioning. The goal is to have different ways to restore the system/application/data depending on the type of disaster, your specific business needs, service-level agreements (SLAs), and underlying IT infrastructure.

Contact NTConnections today to speak with an Expert about developing a data backup and disaster recovery strategy for your business.