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Backup & BCDR (Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery)

BackUp

Backup and BCDR are not areas of IT that you hopefully find yourself musing about on a daily basis. However, not backing up can have a huge impact on your business if not handled correctly.

Our Technical Lead, Alan McNamee, would like to create a series of articles over the next few newsletters. In these articles, the aim will be to address the relevant areas of backup in an easily digestible format to help you backup your company’s data right.

At the end of this introductory article is a link to a survey that will enter you into a draw to win an Apple Watch. We want to hear from you! Your answers will help us shape this series of articles and the newsletter in general going forward with content that is relevant to you!

Backup

We’ve all heard about backing up, but how many of us actually do it? Primarily a backup is used to keep a copy of a set of data so as to prevent the lost of any data in the event that it is no longer accessible. This may be due to deletion of data either accidentally or maliciously or the corruption of data. Data may be backed up for archival or historical purposes too, such as in the education sector. Finally, data could be backed up to comply with the requirements of a data retention policy in your business.

Business Continuity

Business Continuity deals with the operations side of a business. It involves the design and creation of procedures and policies to ensure that critical business functions will continue to operate during and after a disaster. While traditionally more of a business concern, BC is now becoming a concern of the IT department. Especially as they move more towards a centralised role in business strategy and planning, with the majority of business functions generally having a heavy reliance on IT services.

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery is traditionally a responsibility of the IT department. DR involves the planning and design of a system that will operate in the event of a disaster. A DR plan needs to prioritise a company’s systems and provide access to the relevant employees should the primary site be unavailable. Traditionally true DR was prohibitively expensive for all but the largest of businesses. However, with the arrival of affordable public cloud offerings this now provides access to most enterprise level infrastructure.

Next month’s article will begin with a comprehensive look at backup. Highlighting the strategies and the technologies that will help you achieve your back up goals.

Survey

Completion of the survey will enter you into a draw for an amazing Apple Watch. The more honest your responses to the below, the more valuable the series will be as it will address your concerns accurately.