Implementing a disaster recovery plan can often be a daunting task. When it comes to ensuring the security and continuity of your business’s data, there are a lot of factors for companies to consider. Everything, from identifying risk areas to choosing a location to host the disaster recovery site, takes time money and resources that many companies do not have.
What is a Virtual Machine?
Think of a Virtual Machine as a computer within a computer. VMs allow us to open up an application window on our computer and utilize the functionality of another computer. In short, VMs imitate the behavior of another computer. Entering into a VM requires network connectivity, log-in credentials, and a computer. Once inside the VM environment, the user has access to the same applications, user interface, and settings as if it were your own computer. Now that you’ve got a basic understanding of what VMs are, let’s dive into some of the benefits of using virtual machines:
In today’s business environment, companies are dealing with threats left and right. Cyber attacks are on the rise leaving precious data (from financials to employee data to customer data) vulnerable to hackers, theft, and viruses. Not to mention human error and disasters that can create serious concerns for your business. Businesses are finding that the safe, secure, and reliable way to protect data is in the cloud. Backup as a Service (BaaS) has become an integral part of any data security plan due to growing threats, but also due to the ease and simplicity of moving backups off-site and away from harm. Below are the top use cases for BaaS:
Adding another “1” to the 3-2-1 rule
Remember the 3-2-1 data backup rule? You know, replicate to at least 3 copies of your data, store these copies on 2 different media (tape/disk/Cloud), and place at least 1 copy off-site/off-premise. Today, IT professionals are adding 1 more step. The backup rule is now 3-2-1-1. That extra “1” accounts for an air-gapped copy of your data.
What is Office 365?
While many organizations don’t have to think twice about protecting on-premise data, several don’t realize that they still need to protect their Cloud data, like data from Microsoft Office 365. Instead of running Microsoft applications themselves, businesses are consuming it as a service. Hosted in the Cloud, businesses can get the most up-to-date versions of the Microsoft Office Suite, OneDrive, and mobile apps. This allows users to access and edit documents anywhere, at any time, on any device. Office 365 is an example of Software as a Service (SaaS), but many SaaS applications have no data protection capabilities.
Data continuity is a critical part of your business plan. You want to know that no matter what happens to your business, you will be able to continue to provide great service to your customers. If you're still wondering whether or not cloud backup solutions are the right option for your business, these five key reasons to utilize cloud backups will help you make the right decision.
You have probably heard the mantra of "back everything up" - but not everyone does, and furthermore, not everyone is clear on why you should. The fact is, data loss can be a disaster for a business - or even an individual. Here are the top five reasons why you should, indeed, keep regular backups.
If you do your disaster recovery plan right, it should not fail. If it does, then you have overlooked something in the planning process. There are ten major reasons why disaster recovery plans fail - adding a second disaster to your first. As human error or hardware failure are far more significant problems than natural disasters, your disaster recovery plan needs to be as close to foolproof as possible. Here are the ten things to consider:
With the rise in ransomware, there's been a lot of chatter about the need for a disaster recovery plan. In some cases,cloud-based backup (BaaS) and disaster recovery (DRaaS) options seem like an expensive tool that may never have to be used. The reality, however, is that there is a high ROI for cloud-based backup and disaster recovery. While it can be difficult to calculate an exact number for the return on your investment, a basic understanding of the potential gains will help you determine whether or not a cloud backup option is the right choice for your organization.
In the midst of a cloud revolution, it is easy to get lost in the terms that are thrown around on a daily basis. Arguably the most important solutions to commit to memory and add to your cloud portfolio are Backup and Disaster Recovery. In order to shed some light on these services and emphasize their importance to day to day operation, we have outlined the why, what and how of choosing a backup and DR solution.