Organizations can no longer afford to be laid back about backup and recovery. They have to plan for recovery at the point of data generation or at least backup. Here are a few disaster recovery (DR) practices that will help you in the event of disaster:
- Make your local backup your first line of defense. A large number of Cloud backup service providers permit users generate a local copy of their data even as the data is being streamed offline to the remote server. A few backup service providers even provide local backup devices as part of their offering. Others offer to copy the data on to tape drives and ship the same to the customer for a small cost. Whatever the methodology adopted, organizations must ensure that they have a local copy of the data available on a removable or portable device for instant recovery.
- Identify and plan to reset your System Dependencies. Your system does not work in isolation. There are a number of dependencies that have to be identified and reset if you want your system to work post disaster. So, make the effort to identify system dependencies and plan for getting them into place in the shortest possible time, so that the organization can meet Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) with confidence.
- Large scale disasters are rare. Plan for accidental file and folder deletions. Incremental and differential backups are very useful if modified files are deleted and need to be recovered.
- Your restoration objective will tell you how you want to backup. Do you plan for data restoration or system restoration? If you plan for system restoration, you may like to consider snapshot technologies. If you plan for data restoration you may look at full, incremental and differential backups. If you want to restore the system or the data to a remote machine, you may like to consider bare metal restoration options. So, decide what kind of restoration you are looking at and plan your backup accordingly.
- Run backup agents within Virtual Machines to get the best backup and restoration experience.
- Make long term storage cost effective by storing data archives in public Clouds.
- Protect all data with enterprise grade encryption in transit or rest.
- Plan for Cloud based recovery systems if you cannot afford to wait till your systems can be restored.
- Ensure that you have the facility to manage all your backup and restoration options from a single window.
- Test your backup options periodically, elaborately, meticulously.
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