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If you own a micro-business, you may think a simple flash drive will serve as a backup. But that’s a very limited plan. If something happens at your business or home, you can lose that flash drive just as surely as anything else. For small and mid-sized companies, an on-site or blended recovery plan may make the most sense in terms of cost and recovery time. But how do you get the physical distance you need for safety if your backup is onsite?
Here are some great tips to make an onsite or blended recovery plan work at peak efficiency
1. Consider an image-based backup solution that takes periodic snapshots of the system, application and data for total protection. Image-based solutions are much easier to use and deliver fast backup and recovery. They also enable more frequent backups to help reduce the risk of data loss.
2. Look for Bare Metal Recovery technology that can slash system recovery time compared to building a server from scratch. This helps to reduce business downtime.
3. Examine solutions that protect both physical and virtual server environments. Organizations can avoid the unnecessary cost and complexity of using two separate solutions by choosing one of the many solutions available that effectively support both environments.
4. Look for a solution that offers granular file and application recovery, which is much faster than having to recover an entire volume or database. One example: shops with Microsoft Exchange should consider solutions that offer granular recovery of individual mailboxes, emails and even attachments along with complete Exchange database recovery.
5. Consider a host-based backup approach to protect all the virtual machines on a hypervisor. It’s faster and easier.
6. Seek a solution that offers comprehensive security features like access control, auditing and data encryption to address compliance requirements
7. Use data deduplication to reduce storage requirements and associated costs.
8. Look for central management and reporting capabilities to help ease IT support and improve productivity.
9. Take a look at virtual standby and high availability technologies that help you quickly recover an entire system after an outage.
10. Consider using an archiving feature to reduce primary storage. Some solutions allow archiving to disk, tape and even public cloud.
11. Consider a SaaS solution, which converts what would have been large capital expenditure (CAPEX) into a smaller, more manageable operational expenditure (OPEX).
12. Evaluate a solution from a Managed Services Provider (MSP) where you can leverage their knowledge, experience, resources and even facility for backup, disaster recovery and business continuity.
The important thing to remember is that there is no one-size-fits-all, perfect data backup and recovery system. What works exceptionally well for one company may not work well at all for another.