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Backups

Every Business should have a Disaster/Recovery Plan (DRP) as part of their Business Continuity strategy. An important part of the DRP are Backups. Also covered are important items like how much data that the business can afford to loose in case of a disaster, this is the recovery point objective's (RPO) . If the Business can only afford to loose 15 minutes worth of data then the backups need to run at least every 15 minutes.

Also important to be included in the plan is the maximum length of time that the business can wait for the systems to be made available, this is the recovery time objective (RTO) . Included in this time is the length of time to restore, to source or repair equipment. It is quite possible that in order to meet the RTO, temporary equipment may be made use of, whether it be on site, remote site or cloud based. All of these strategies would need to be considered, selected and implemented as part of the DRP.

The recovery process is one that is often neglected and is probably the most important one. You don't want to be in a situation requiring a restore only to find that the backup are corrupt or incomplete. It is therefore important to test on a regular basis your ability to restore.

We offer a number of backup solutions and can assist with your DR strategy. Available are:

File level backups, with a copy held on site and a duplicate held in the cloud;

Image backups utilizing StorageCraft's ShadowProtect software;

For Hyper-V based virtualisation we implement and recommend Altaro's Hyper-V Backup product.

Our consulting service offers assistance to Businesses to design and implement robust DR strategies and to help with regular DR testing.