Effective data restore: What you need to know to protect business continuity

Jul 2013
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Effective data restore: What you need to know to protect business continuity

 

Data Restore LivebackupThe following is a guest post from Vladimir Milanovic:

Data restore is considered to be one of the most important topics in the backup industry. And with a good reason too. The purpose of backing up is having the ability to restore your company data in the event it gets lost. If losing business critical data wasn’t possible at all, there probably wouldn’t be many companies out there performing backups.

Why does data loss happen?

Data loss can be caused by various things. Some of them include:

  1. Natural disasters. They occur pretty regularly, especially in Australia. Some of the most common natural disasters in this region of the world are floods, fires and cyclones. It’s not unusual for these extreme weather conditions to affect local businesses and their everyday operations.
  2. Human error. Everyone makes mistakes and sometimes those mistakes result in data loss. Human error represents one of the most common reasons for data loss, even though most users probably wouldn’t admit it.
  3. Hardware failure. Even if you are keeping up with the latest technology, failures can happen at any time. This is a great risk for the data residing on your computers and servers.
  4. Computer viruses and malware. We all know how much harm viruses and malware can cause to a company’s network. Especially since there is a vast amount of them out there, some of which can’t be detected or stopped, even with the best anti-virus software.

There are many more causes of data loss. Regardless of what they are, without a proper backup strategy, your entire business can be gone within seconds. That is why you need to ensure that you have taken the necessary measures to prevent it. After all, the cost of potential data loss far exceeds that of backup.

There are different ways to backup and restore your data

Different businesses have different data backup needs. It all depends on your industry and your internal security policies. Many organisations require frequent backups and have strict recovery time objectives (RTO). An appropriate solution for such companies is an on-site vault, installed at their premises, because it enables instant data restore. The on-site vault collects the data across the entire organisation, including all computers, servers, smartphones, and other devices. This data can then be recovered at LAN speed, if needed.

Not all data has to reside on-site. There are offsite options as well, where you can keep your data in data centres, which is particularly important in case of an on-site catastrophe. The offsite backup of data offers additional security, plus you can divide your data into critical and non-critical and set different backup and retention policies that correspond to it.

Our data restore experience

Our team at LiveBackup had an interesting experience this year, where we restored data for one of our old customers. Unfortunately, the customer left our backup service for a hosting provider. As we were waiting for the final payment to close the account, we still kept their service active. In the meantime, the customer’s website got hacked and the hosting provider was unable to restore their data. Of course, we were pleased to have been able to help them out and recover their data. You can read all the details here.

About the Author

Vladimir MilanovicVladimir has been working with GCOMM since 2010 on the design and implementation of the recent branding and marketing strategies. He was also responsible for the rebranding  of LiveBackup in 2012. Between 2006 and 2010 he was involved in the creation and launch of Imperial Tobacco’s European BTL platform for its Davidoff brand as well as for the rebranding of French icon, Gitanes. Vladimir graduated from the Belgrade University of Arts in 2005.

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