We're always bigging up backup for business, but nowadays, just having a device-based backup strategy won't cut it. If your server suddenly went down, would your teams still be able to carry on working?
Backing up your server gives you disaster recovery, or the ability to recover data if disaster strikes, be that a system crash, hard drive failure, or if any files get corrupted or accidentally deleted. Having resilient infrastructure with data stored in multiple places also gives you business continuity, meaning you can keep up and running.
Client/device-based backup lets end users restore their machine back to its pre-disaster state and recover any files you need, so you can get your laptop back quickly and hassle-free. If you're already using Macs, you'll be familiar (or if not, you should be) with Apple's Time Machine tool, which automatically backs up files to an external hard drive so you can restore them later or revert to a previous version of your desktop. But for a more enterprise-friendly solution, we suggest Code 42's CrashPlan. CrashPlan works in the background on your computers to silently and continuously back up all distributed end-user data so you have complete visibility and control on a single, secure platform.
All your end users should be working from the server, and your server data should be backed up on a regular basis. Even mobile workers should ensure they're saving back to the server rather than locally to their devices, and if they can't access the server temporarily, should sync back to it once they do have access.
If you're looking at improving your backup, get in touch with our expert storage team to talk backup strategy and business continuity, based on your current business requirements. We can discuss:
- The size of your current data set.
- How your data is stored.
- What type of files you're dealing with – large HD video files or lots of smaller files.
- Data turnover rates so we can determine the bandwidth needed to backup your data effectively.
- Data growth rate.
- Retention period – how long you require historic snapshots of the data to be kept for.
- Bandwidth – the speed of your internet connection
- Security – whether encryption is required.