Since the dawn of man, human beings have been concerned with safeguarding the things they find valuable. Be it food, fuel, medicine, or pirate treasure.

In this day and age, one of the most valuable commodities in business that needs protection is data. Critical data is your treasure. Computers and network equipment can be replaced. Even facilities can be relocated or temporary ones can be set up in the event of a disaster. But what happens when your data gets destroyed? Lost data is not so easily replaced and, if the loss is significant enough, it can end up causing the death of your business.

Fortunately, most data is digital in nature these days, which makes it is fairly easy to copy and store elsewhere where it can be accessed and recovered in the event of a loss or compromise.

Data backup solutions take several forms:

Onsite backups allow fast recovery of data in case hardware or storage fails or gets compromised. The downfall to this however is that local backups are vulnerable if a disaster affects your physical office where this backup solution is located. Consider offsite data backup instead. Offsite backups redirect data to data centers located elsewhere and, most recently, to Cloud hosts. Having a solid data backup strategy in place is the first line of defense should disaster strike. It helps you recover your data quickly and get back to normal business.

As a best practice, we recommend the 3, 2, 1 backup system. This means that you should have at least 3 copies of all your critical data, two of which are onsite but on different mediums (read: devices), and you should keep at least one copy offsite.

Regardless of which data backup solution you prefer (onsite, offsite, or in the cloud), the best solutions are not just set it and forget it, they should be efficiently managed to ensure that data is continuously replicated. Plugging in an external drive and manually copying data every day might seem the quickest way to save your data, but it is not only an inefficient and unwieldy process it is also prone to errors and skipping. It is important to have a strategy in place that considers not only the type of backup storage, but also backup schedules, and data sets, and that includes reporting to confirm that you are indeed being properly protected.

So, now that we've protected our treasure; we've made multiple copies of our treasure chests, we've stored them in multiple locations and we have our Yeoman (backup system) making sure the treasure is up to date, we have to figure out our recovery point objective.

Pirate treasure is serious business. We can't accumulate treasure without a sturdy ship to be able to acquire and transport it. What happens when we run into a huge storm or the enemy attacks and our ship flounders? We're out of the pirate business until we get another ship. That can take time. Can we keep our crew together during that time? What happens to our reputation on the seas? While our treasure chests are safely guarded, we are out of business until we can recover from the disaster that befell us. How long can we tolerate this situation and still be considered badass by King, Queen, and Colonists? Do we have a continuity plan so we can get back to business asap?

What if we had a magic bottle with a ship in it that we could release when we needed it so we could get back to sea as quickly as possible? What if we had a few of these bottles in multiple locations so we could get back up and running regardless of port conditions?

Enter image-based backups. Imaging allows us not only to take snapshots of data but of entire server systems. If a server fails, we can spin up a copy virtually and simply continue on. Local virtualization allows us to run these virtual servers and continue normal operations while we deal with the physical server issue. Offsite virtualization allows us to spin up these systems in the Cloud and connect an office, or temporary work site to the Cloud backed up systems. Either way, we can continue working in the midst of a disaster that would have otherwise stopped business.

Business Continuity is the modern objective of a solid BCDR strategy. This is our magic bottle that can release our backup ship so we can get back to sea quickly with as little downtime as possible.

In other words,

Stuff Happens- Systems fail, things break, and you need to be able to keep your business running regardless.

  • The Barbarians Really Are At The Gate-Cyber criminals are not going away. They have multi-billion-dollar businesses of their own operating at the expense of yours. Ransomware and other forms of malware can compromise data and take systems down. You need to be able to restore and get around them.
  • Mother Nature Will Not Be Deterred-You can't stop nature. Natural disasters can cause huge business disruptors. Being able to weather the storm and keep working is critical.
  • We’re All Human, We Make Mistakes

Having a solid disaster recovery solution in place gives you peace of mind, knowing that your business can weather the storms that affect your systems and your data. It makes your business resilient should disaster strike.

If you are unsure of how secure your pirate treasure and ship is, contact Meeting Tree Computer.  We can evaluate your BCDR situation and work with you to right the ship and keep you protected.

Schedule a free consultation here or give us a call at (845) 237-2117before it's too late!