How to Design a Successful Backup Recovery Plan

You’ve heard the horror stories. A business experiences a power outage or hardware failure and is ill-prepared to deal with it. Either they haven’t updated their data recovery solution recently, or they’ve failed to implement one to begin with. And now they have to face the costly aftermath of downtime and data loss.

After an event such as a server crash, a solid data recovery strategy ensures businesses can quickly and securely recover business-critical data and resume operations sooner rather than later. To ensure your business is well-equipped for whatever happens, we’re sharing some tips for building a successful backup recovery plan.

Understand Your Risks

There’s no such thing as being too prepared. Ensure your company is ready for any scenario, everything from tsunamis to the zombie apocalypse, by developing a well-thought-out recovery plan that accounts for a diverse set of threats.

The three most common situations that cause data loss, but have a higher chance of recovery, include:

  • Human error that leads to accidental deletion of a file or folder, including emails
  • File, folder or email deletion that occurs due to a commonly known and well-understood virus or other malware
  • Loss of data to a single computer when the data is stored centrally in a database or is backed up to a reliable backup and disaster recovery solution

While less likely, the threat of fires or natural disasters should never be overlooked. Servers or computers can be physically damaged or destroyed due to excessive overheating, such as that caused by a fire or explosion, or flooding. Depending on your location, you’ll want to consider the environmental conditions your company will be most susceptible to and prepare accordingly.

Identify Critical Data

Before you develop any data recovery solution, you need to assess how critical your data is. What data needs to be recovered first to ensure business continuity? Remember that not all data is created equal. Recovering the company picnic photos won’t be as crucial as recovering the database powering your custom quotation application. By classifying all of your data, you can map out a tiered recovery strategy.

Conduct Test Restores

It’s always better to find an issue before data loss rather than after. That’s why it’s important to run periodic test restores of data to ensure the process is running smoothly. Testing backup strategies also helps you understand how long your operations would be down in the event of a server crash. You can identify any potential problems and review a list of all servers and file systems to ensure everything is included in your strategy.

Contact a Specialist

You may be tempted to keep everything in-house, but only an experienced backup solutions provider can help you recover data quickly and avoid data corruption during the replication process. A data recovery specialist can also ensure ongoing uptime of data and applications. The best providers can recommend a backup and recovery solution suited to your company’s unique requirements and implement it in days, not weeks.

Significantly improving data recovery performance isn’t easy. Luckily, you’re not in this alone. Learn how one insurance firm teamed up with Razor Tech to recover over 1.2 TB of data after a hardware failure. Download our case study here

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