Backups have become an absolute need for businesses as there are so many threats and uncertainties lurking around at all time. Any company that has mission critical data, needs to have a backup for it.
However, getting ‘cloud backup’ just for the sake of it is not enough. You need to make sure that it is effective. You might think that you have a solid backup setup for your system but you need to be 100% sure and this can only be done by verifying each and everything. Cloud backup and recovery solutions can be used to save your data from Disasters.
Let’s have a look at a cloud backup checklist that you need to consider while backing up your data.
- Are you Backing up All your Data?
When facing with data, especially a large amount of it, it is usually a challenge to make sure that each and everything is backed up. To accommodate the space, many companies do not backup little files which they think might not be important whereas this is not always the case.
You can always buy new backup storage space but you cannot re-create all this data again, so it is best to backup even the small files, such as emails, company contact, calendars and documents as they all need to be accounted for.
- How often to do Back up your Data?
The intervals of backups are also very important. Outdated backups won’t be as effective as recent backups as they won’t contain any of the newer version of the files. So, it is recommended to back up your data more frequently so that when recovery is needed, even the recent files would be recovered, instead of recovering from old backups and compromising on older files.
- Are you Following the 3-2-1 Backup Rule?
With data you need to be sure that your data is being backed up and is secure, otherwise what is the point to all this. Following the 3-2-1 backup rule ensures this as it states to have three copies of data, stored in two different storage media and one of them should be off-site.
By following this rule, you can ensure that your data is always backup up and protected and is always available, whenever recovery is needed.
- What is your RTO?
RTO is Recovery Time Objective. It basically means the time it takes for a company to recover their systems and be up and running. This time should be as little as possible or at least should meet your ‘ability to sustain downtime’ requirement.
For instance, if a company can sustain a downtime of 1 hour or 2 hours, it’s RTOs should be less than that, otherwise it will suffer downtime for a longer period of time, more than a company can handle and as a result will lead to financial and reputation loss.
A backup and disaster recovery appliance can be used to further reduce RTOs. There are many vendors who offer this solution like Nutanix, Dell, etc. but there is one vendor, StoneFly, who offers significantly less RTOs. A unique feature allows users to spin up VMs directly to the backup appliance which helps to reduce RTOs to as little as 15 minutes or less.
Cloud Backups are a vital part of a business and ensuring that they are safe and secure is necessary. The above stated checklist would help companies to make sure that their backups are reliable so that they can be easily used in time when actual recovery is needed and suffer as little downtime as possible.