How to Mitigate the Risk of Data Loss and Disruption in 2016

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Decide What Data to Back Up

Now that you know what devices you’re backing up, you need to decide what data to back up. Most backups fall into four basic categories.

  • File-level backup involves backing up individual files and folders that you select. The upside is that you can recover those items faster than with an image backup or database level backup.
  • Database backup means you back up open databases, such as Exchange, SQL, and Sharepoint, and requires a specialized approach that can handle the large amounts of constantly changing information in databases.
  • System-state backup is usually used in conjunction with file-level backup because it will back up your files, settings and configurations but not your operating systems or applications.
  • In Image backup, the solution will take an “image” of everything on a computer server at a certain point in time. This approach enables bare-metal recovery, enabling you to take a computer or server with no OS or data on it and restore the image to exactly how your system was before the disaster.

As we plan for 2016, IT professionals should reexamine and re-evaluate disaster recovery plans for their companies. Assessing current programs provides IT professionals the opportunity to enact proper best practices to deal with emergencies related to data loss and downtime. Preventing downtime is particularly crucial for small to midsize businesses (SMBs), which can suffer losses as great as $8,220 to $25,600 an hour, according to new research from IDC. The U.S. Small Business Administration even reports that 40 to 60 percent of small businesses fail to reopen after a disaster.

What can SMB IT pros do to prevent this data and financial loss heading into 2016? They must prepare their IT plans ahead of time. From human error to a power outage or an earthquake that disrupts databases and servers, man-made and natural disasters are unavoidable. Thankfully, SMBs have the ability to avoid the loss of important business-critical data in the face of such circumstances.

In this slideshow, David Raissipour, SVP of Engineering, Carbonite, has outlined the top five best practices to follow in order to mitigate the risk of data loss or disruption.

 

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