Backup and Business Continuity
Core systems can and do fail and as result, data can be lost. That is why it is always vital that you have more than one copy of you business critical data and it is securely backed up. How and where that data is backed up and stored and how often it is backed up will directly impact on the ability both to recover an occasional lost file or more dramatically, to return the organisation to full working order following significant data loss.
Historically, the default approach was a nightly backup to some form of removable media (tape, USB drive etc). However in the event of system failure resulting in data loss during or at the end of day, any data processed during that day will be lost and the cost to recreate could be significant. Determining how up to date you need your back up to be (the Recovery Point Objective or RPO) is a crucial consideration. Similarly, an issue requiring systems to be rebuilt, could result in extensive delay before full return to service, simply as a function of having to source new equipment and recreate environments. Determining how quickly you need to be fully operational again (the Recovery Time Objective or RTO) is a further important consideration.
For some organisations, transaction volumes and the inconvenience factor are such that they could live with downtime and manual operation for days. For others it is minutes only. The whole design of your IT system can be shaped by your attitude towards uptime. We help you ensure you have the right backup and business continuity solution in place for your business balancing risk with investment required. Let us help you explore the options and understand where you need your RTO and RPO to be