Amazing reason business continuity standards never get a break
Business continuity standards don’t change with the seasons.
Summer is here. And, while there are certain industries that may let a little loose with the warmer weather–IT isn’t one of them. Clients do not lower their expectations when the temperatures rise, which means that business continuity standards do not change. IT professionals around the globe must fight the urge to unplug and hit the beach in order to keep businesses up and running.
Thanks to technology, client expectations are higher than ever. Regardless of the reason, downtime just isn’t tolerated–not even for a minute! That’s why it is important to have an intelligent business continuity plan in place. When considering a business continuity solution, make sure it has these three things:
- Hybrid Cloud Backup: The winning formula for business continuity today is a combination of on and off-site backup protection. Utilizing a hybrid approach improves fault tolerance, while reducing the reliance on bandwidth speed. The local device can act as a restore hub for everything from files to application and server failover. Of course, should the local device be compromised, data that was transferred to the Cloud can act as a replica site for the business. Therefore, it is imperative businesses today employ a hybrid approach to ensure data integrity should a disaster or interruption occur.
- Image Based Backup: With image based backup, an actual image of the entire server is taken, which allows for entire systems, files/folders to be restored very quickly. If a server fails, any backup can be restored as a virtual machine within minutes, with virtually no interruption to the business, clients or employees.Image based backup means faster file restores, bare metal restores, boot any backup as a virtual machine and run virtual offices locally or in the cloud.
- Backup Verification: Your days of guessing whether a backup was successful is over. There is now technology available that will take a “screenshot” of each completed boot process virtually and tests the backup integrity to identify boot-ability issues before they happen. A screenshot alert can then be sent via email to confirm the backup.
Today, there are solutions that can virtually eliminate downtime–allowing lost data and downed servers to be recovered in just seconds. Contact us today if you are looking for the best in business continuity.