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Data Recovery: 4 Vital Questions About Your Backups

Many businesses are aware of how important it is to perform backups to protect against data loss or hardware failure. But most don’t have a plan in place that defines the steps that must be taken to get their business back up and running when disaster strikes. Here are a few important questions you need to ask your IT service provider when building your disaster recovery plan.

1. Are your backups optimal?

Which type of backup does your organization have, and is it the best choice for your situation? There are several types of backup solutions on the market ranging from simple file backups to high-end devices that copy entire servers complete with their operating systems, applications, and configurations.

2. Are your backups current?

How often do your backups run and how much data will be lost in the event of a failure? There is a huge difference in the impact to your business between an hour’s worth of lost work and a week’s worth. Your Disaster Recovery Plan should include detailed information about how much work will be lost in the event of a failure, what associated costs will be, and how often your backups are scheduled to be updated.

3. Have your backups been tested?

Does your IT service provider regularly test restoring data from the backups? After all, your backups are only worthwhile if the data can be recovered. Your Disaster Recovery Plan should include a schedule for verifying the integrity of your backups on a regular basis.

4. What happens if a server fails?

What will you do when a server fails? How long will it take to replace your hardware? What is involved in rebuilding the software? Ideally, your backups will include a full image of the operating system and all software on the server. But if you only have file backups, the server will need to be rebuilt from scratch. Your Disaster Recovery Plan should include lists of all the software and configuration items that are needed to get each server back up and running.

Once you have collected all of this information, you can put together a step-by-step plan for rebuilding your network infrastructure in the event of an emergency. Having the tools in place is great — but knowing how to use them is vital to success and business continuity.

Try our Disaster Recovery Self-Audit tool to see how your plan stacks up. Then call our sales department at 856-334-1777 to learn more about how radius180 can help you. It’s time to define and test your Disaster Recovery Plan.