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Five Key Considerations for Backup & Recovery

  • Five Key Considerations for Backup & Recovery

    Five Key Considerations for Backup & Recovery-

    Backup speed is important but recovery speed is where the data protection plan proves its worth. In the event of a system crash or disaster, how fast can critical data be recovered and accessed? Businesses should establish a recovery time objective (RTO) and a recovery point objective (RPO). RTO is the time by which a business process must be restored after a disaster or disruption to avoid unacceptable consequences of a break in business continuity. RPO is essentially the minimum frequency of backups – which translates to the amount of time and data that would be acceptable to lose in the event of a disaster.

    By establishing an RTO and RPO, a business can maximize business continuity by creating a tiered data protection system that ensures the least possible loss of the most important data.

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Five Key Considerations for Backup & Recovery

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    Backup speed is important but recovery speed is where the data protection plan proves its worth. In the event of a system crash or disaster, how fast can critical data be recovered and accessed? Businesses should establish a recovery time objective (RTO) and a recovery point objective (RPO). RTO is the time by which a business process must be restored after a disaster or disruption to avoid unacceptable consequences of a break in business continuity. RPO is essentially the minimum frequency of backups – which translates to the amount of time and data that would be acceptable to lose in the event of a disaster.

    By establishing an RTO and RPO, a business can maximize business continuity by creating a tiered data protection system that ensures the least possible loss of the most important data.

All enterprises need reliable, efficient data protection and recovery – it is fundamental to business survival. In recent years, mid-sized businesses and distributed enterprises have been largely underserved by data protection hardware due to its high cost at a time when enterprises struggle to keep up with the rising tide of data. While hiring a full-time resource dedicated to managing data backup may not be feasible for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), many software packages, appliances, target arrays and services provide comprehensive data protection and recovery. Mason Swenson, product marketing manager for Imation’s Nexsan solutions, offers five important considerations specifically for SMEs when evaluating their data protection needs and plan.