Your Backup Process Should Get You Up and Running
You don’t need to have experienced a data loss incident to realize the value of backing up your files. Copying and storing your files assures that you will not lose your information in the event of a catastrophe. Just imagine for a moment that you do have an incident that shuts down your business and you need to go to your archived files to get up and running again. How long will it take to get back to normal? Minutes? Hours? Days? Your backup process and whether or not you have a business continuity plan is going to determine your answer to that question.
Your strategy needs more than backup
Having a useable copy of your business data should always be a part of your backup strategy, but you also need a process in place to restore functionality. To do this you need the applications that use the data. Whether you have simple needs or complex, specialized software applications and a sizeable data bases, utilizing a virtualization process will diminish the time needed to return to normal business operations. Virtualization creates an image of a server, storage device, network or application and is a fully bootable virtual machine that is immediately available.
Verification and Testing
The best backup strategies include the ability to verify that a backup was successful. Additionally, mock recovery procedures can assure that the backup is bootable. This is essential to a true Business Continuity plan because you need to have the capability to recover information and return to business as usual by running the backups as fully fledged computers.