Like patients who may not visit the dentist until their teeth hurt, we hear from many IT executives who really didn’t prioritize data recovery plans until they suffered a loss and couldn’t get all of their data back. After a natural disaster or malicious hacking attempt, no new client ever comes to us and says that in the past they did too much to create and test out detailed recovery plans.
Our enterprise data backup and recovery solutions can help your company save money in daily operations — and possibly save your company if disaster strikes.
Take Advantage of Lessons Learned From Prior Data Recovery Efforts
After Hurricane Sandy, many companies learned hard lessons about the inadequacy of their data recovery solutions, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. The final conclusion was that many of these companies would have been better served by proactively consulting with a third-party that already has extensive experience with the fallout from data disasters and the ability to prepare for them.
Companies had tried to prepare; however, they lacked the internal expertise to do it properly. There is no need for every company to repeat this expensive mistake. We have experience protecting companies against data loss and have learned from our experience with companies who did not consult with us first. With this in mind, consider how we help clients develop backup and data recovery plans that don’t just work; our solutions also save companies time and money every day.
How We Develop a Data Protection and Business Continuity Strategy
Simply put, we can help you develop, implement, and test a complete recovery plan that is meant to keep your company functioning without expensive data loss or business interruption.
First, we help you develop the RTO and RPO for your applications:
- RPO: The recovery point objective refers to the amount of data at risk. This could vary over time if backups are only scheduled periodically.
- RTO: The recovery time objective refers to the length of time that your company could be without functioning applications that are necessary for your company to run.
Naturally, we need to perform a risk assessment to prioritize applications in different risk categories. You absolutely need some systems for daily operations, but you might be able to wait for others to come back online or temporarily substitute a different business process.
For instance, you might need to have your customer service functions online right away but could run without marketing campaign data until critical functions are fully restored. Data for different business processes and applications should get assigned to their own risk categories, and within each of these risk categories, we’ll assign different RPOs and RTOs.
Dark Data Analysis
Certainly, this highlights the need for creating a data recovery plan that works as efficiently and quickly as possible to restore critical business functions. Beyond secondary and low-priority applications, most companies generate lots of dark data that gets stored for possible use someday but isn’t needed to resume operations. Some examples of this kind of data could be archives of emails and documents that must be kept but are seldom used.
DataEndure has saved one company millions’ of dollars in storage costs by storing this type of information in the cloud. Our dark data analysis can save your company time and money if you suffer from a data disaster or not, and it can also help make your data recovery plan more efficient.
Implementing an Effective Recovery Solution
The section above highlighted major points of analysis we conduct in order to produce a data recovery plan. Naturally, we will also need to cover the actual nuts-and-bolts solutions that you’ll need to backup and recover your data and systems.
This is a brief overview of the major parts of the the plan that must be considered:
- Storage: We develop storage solutions that balance effective recoveries, performance, and cost.
- Backup software: We can provide automated and managed services for backup and recovery that ensure you have stored what you need and can access it in a timely manner.
- Data encryption: We also consider data encryption for sensitive data to protect your company’s security and comply with regulations that govern your industry.
- Cloud storage: We work with you to determine which data could move to secure cloud storage for a remote backup solution, while we also help improve your onsite storage capabilities.
We Deliver Cost Savings, Business Continuity, and Peace of Mind
Hopefully, the first benefit that your company will notice will be the time and cost savings for storage and automatic data backup solutions. In the event that you do need to recover from a data disaster, you can relax as critical systems come back online smoothly, predictably, and quickly. That’s the time when our solutions can really help you save money and maybe even save your company.
We are waiting to connect with you, and you can use our contact page to learn about the unique solutions we have for your company. Stay tuned—we’ll go further in debt in future blog posts.