Backups and Disaster Recovery

Backups  are a critical but often neglected and/or misunderstood networking component.  Backups are the process by which multiple copies of files are stored in multiple places to be recovered in the event of data loss.  Could you recover a recent copy of your critical data if your server or workstation’s hard drive failed today ?  Could your retrieve a previous version of a document if you needed it?  Ask us  to review the integrity of your current backup solution or monitor your backups as part of our managed service offering?  Ask us about our two hour free consultation  for new customers.


Disaster Recovery plan is closely related to your backup plan. Disaster recovery (DR) involves a set of policies and procedures to enable the recovery or continuation of vital systems following a natural or human-induced disaster.


A disaster recovery plan could be as simple as taking backup tapes off-site or as involved as implementing a hot site  but it is a good idea for any company that relies on technology to have a plan and review it periodically to help ensure acceptable business continuity.


Business Continuity is a plan to minimize or mitigate disruptions to business operations.  Three of the most important metrics for business continuity are Recovery Time Objective (RTO) , Recovery Point Objective (RPO ), and Business Impact Analysis (BIA).   In short RTO determines how long you can go without a critical service and RPO defines the tolerable amount of data loss a business can sustain.