4 Ways You’re Unknowingly Risking Your Entire Data Infrastructure

September 25, 2015

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Would cost your business if you were to lose all your data in one fell swoop?  Most likely, the entire future of your company would be in jeopardy.  If you want to be to be absolutely certain that your backup and disaster recovery solution is fool-proof, here are four things not to do: 
 
Don’t Ignore the Concept of Backup and Disaster Recovery
Obviously, the first step toward admitting that your backup and recovery solution isn’t optimal is asking whether or not you have one in the first place. It’s not a matter of if you experience a disaster that can wipe out all of your data; it’s when it will strike. You need to be prepared for a worst-case scenario. A flood or fire isn’t something that you have control over, but integrating a comprehensive disaster recovery plan is.

Don’t Integrate a Backup Solution and Just “Hope it Works”
Similarly, you can integrate a backup and disaster recovery solution, but if it doesn’t work when you need it most, then what’s the point? You should always be testing your backups to ensure they’re not corrupted and work properly. If they don’t, and you have to rely on them in the event of a disaster, you’ll be awfully disappointed.

Don’t Have a Single Point of Failure
In other words, if a single issue with your infrastructure were to go down, would you be able to continue functioning at a normal rate? Your system should be able to survive without a single server going down that affects the entire state of operations. It’s recommended that you use a combination of the cloud and on-premises solutions that allow your business access to critical systems that are necessary for everyday operations, even under the worst circumstances.

Don’t Leave Your Expensive Equipment in Vulnerable Locations
One of the best things you can do for your business, especially if it’s located in a region that sees a lot of rain and flooding, is to ensure that a couple inches of water won’t completely ruin your critical systems. By properly elevating infrastructure hardware (or better yet, virtualizing them and moving them to the cloud), you’re effectively minimizing the chances of them being ruined by a freak rainstorm or similar disaster that cause unexpected data loss.

Ultimately, the best way to prepare for the time you need to back up and restore your critical information systems is to call CTN at (610) 828-5500. We’ll help your organization prepare for the worst circumstances your business can face.

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