What is Backup and Recovery?

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Are you on the fence contemplating on whether or not your company needs a backup solution? If you have a backup solution, how often is it tested to verify that your company wouldn’t be stranded in the event of outage?

Backup and recovery describes the process of creating and storing copies of data that can be used to protect organizations against data loss. This is sometimes referred to as operational recovery. Recovery from a backup typically involves restoring the data to the original location, or to an alternate location where it can be used in place of the lost or damaged data.

A proper backup copy is stored in a separate system or medium, such as tape, from the primary data to protect against the possibility of data loss due to primary hardware or software failure.

Why Backup and Recovery is important

The purpose of the backup is to create a copy of data that can be recovered in the event of a primary data failure. Primary data failures can be the result of hardware or software failure, data corruption, or a human-caused event, such as a malicious attack (virus or malware), or accidental deletion of data. Backup copies allow data to be restored from an earlier point in time to help the business recover from an unplanned event.

Storing the copy of the data on separate medium is critical to protect against primary data loss or corruption. This additional medium can be as simple as an external drive or USB stick, or something more substantial, such as a disk storage system, cloud storage container, or tape drive. The alternate medium can be in the same location as the primary data or at a remote location. The possibility of weather-related events may justify having copies of data at remote locations.

For best results, backup copies are made on a consistent, regular basis to minimize the amount data lost between backups. The more time passes between backup copies, the more potential for data loss when recovering from a backup. Retaining multiple copies of data provides the insurance and flexibility to restore to a point in time not affected by data corruption or malicious attacks.

Backup is About More than just a Restore

Of course, restore is an essential function of your backup solution – maybe even the cornerstone. But restoring servers, files and workstations is not the end game – not even close.

You restore files because someone needs them to keep the business moving, and cannot work efficiently without them.

You may restore a workstation belonging to an employee or senior executive – but, those employees may sit idle while they wait for it to happen, losing time and money.

You may restore servers where entire departments were forced to stop selling, purchasing, manufacturing or servicing clients.

The ultimate reason for backup and recovery is to maintain business continuity. You back up so you can restore, so people can work, so the business can run.

As the company data protector, you need to protect the entire business. You cannot protect just one part of it – just one system, just the virtual stuff, just your servers. In today’s digital and mobile world, you need to protect everything across your business – physical, virtual and even cloud infrastructure. You need to protect all systems and all data, all workstations, all laptops, all mobile devices.

As a business owner, you are the protector of the entire business. Without backup of all your data, systems, applications and devices, all the departments and employees in your organization are at risk.

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Sources: https://www.acronis.com/en-us/blog/posts/why-do-you-really-need-backup/ https://www.netapp.com/data-protection/backup-recovery/what-is-backup-recovery/