Data Backup and Business Continuity represent uniquely different mindsets when it comes to data protection, despite the terms overlapping.
For small businesses, Data Backup answers the questions: Is my data safe? Can I get it back in case of a failure?
Business continuity, on the other hand, involves thinking about your business at a higher-level, including operational processes and asks: How quickly can I get my business operating again in case of system failure or disaster?
There are two well-known types of backup solutions: file-based and image-based:
A file-based backup does exactly what it sounds like: you choose which files you want to back up, and those files are saved to an on-site device or to the cloud, but only the files you choose are saved. (What if you forget to save a key file?)
Image-based backup, on the other hand, captures an image of your data in its environment, giving you exact replications of what is stored on a server—including the operating system, configurations, settings, and preferences. If a server goes down, you can restore it in minutes, (yes, minutes) with Instant Virtualization - rather than the hours or days it would take to requisition a new server, and install and configure the operating system.
Calculating the real cost of data loss for your organization will provide you with valuable insight and will help you to determine if traditional backup or a business continuity solution will best support your operations and business goals. Two vital pieces of information are your Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective.
Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is the duration of time within which a business must be restored after a disruption to avoid unacceptable consequences.
Recovery Point Objective (RPO) is calculated independently of the RTO and references the point in your backup cycle to which you want to recover.Your Recovery Point Objective is the maximum tolerable period of time in which data might be lost and has to be recreated due to disaster.
By calculating your desired RTO, you determine the maximum time that you can be without your data before your business is at risk. Alternatively, by specifying the RPO, you know how often you need to perform backups. You may have an RTO of a day, and an RPO of an hour depending on what your business requires. But calculating these numbers will help you understand what type of data backup solution you need.
Pivotal IT provides a wide range of Managed Backup, Data Recovery and Business Continuity Services to provide the level of protection you need to help keep your business running. Whether you need a backup to recover quickly in the event of a disaster or a full suite of Business Continuity Planning that provides the ability to spin up your entire infrastructure in a matter of minutes, from any location -we can help.
Our partnerships with leaders in the technology industry allow us to provide businesses like yours with onsite and offsite backup solutions that deliver the security and reliability of enterprise-level designs, featuring triple offsite redundancy and other features including:
Data recovery is the retrieval of deleted, lost or damaged files from a digital device. Whether you have suffered a data loss from ransomware, a devastating natural disaster or a mundane hardware failure, we can help. Deleted files? We can help there too.
Pivotal IT uses cutting-edge technology and techniques to effectively retrieve lost, corrupted, or deleted information from an extensive variety of digital media including RAID servers, Hard Drives (HDD), Solid State Drives (SSD), USB flash drives, and on-site backup appliances.
We believe backup and business continuity are critically important. The links below provide access to free tools, information and resources to help your organization protect vital data stay prepared against disasters of all types.