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How the latest Business Continuity Solutions have changed the way we backup & restore company data

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Technological advancements have truly changed the way businesses are able to backup and restore their sensitive company data. The demand shifted from simply needing a backup system to a backup AND restoration solution. This is because, in today’s fast moving, dynamic and competitive business environment, traditional backup methods, like tapes and drives, are simply not enough. Business people need to know that: 1. Their backups are working properly and are taken at multiple times a day and 2. They can easily and quickly restore any and all lost data (be it a single file or an entire server) at a moment’s notice.

These two points are crucial and you cannot have one without the other if you truly want to ensure the safety of your company’s data from any unforeseen disaster (and I’m not solely talking about floods and fires; disasters or crises include accidental file or folder deletion, viruses, hardware malfunction, etc.)

In this day and age, we are seeing more and more businesses implementing ERP management suites with a fully integrated eCommerce Store, Warehouse Management system, EDI solution and more. On top of this, companies are handling an abundance of data coming in daily from multiple sources, like their eCommerce store, EDI transactions, manual entry, social media, etc. All of this stored data is of course crucial to a company’s survival. So then, what happens if important files are accidentally deleted or lost? What happens if an employee opens an email that was hosting a virus? What happens if your office flooded over night from a faulty sprinkler system? What happens if…

There are too many possibilities to list when it comes to losing sensitive company data. As much as business people may think a disaster or crisis will never happen to their company or office (where we often hear “we’ve gone 10 years without a disaster”), can they really afford to take that chance? The answer to this question is, without a doubt, no. Data availability is extremely important due to our ever-increasing information influx, customer demands and high competition (businesses are now competing with companies from all over the world). If a disaster strikes, downtime occurs, where data becomes inaccessible; customers, suppliers and business partners become impatient, revenue is lost, productivity falls and weeks or months of company data is lost forever. Some companies can’t survive even just one disaster. Now that’s scary and not worth risking!

Here are features you should be looking for in your Business Continuity solution:

  • Hybrid Cloud backup; backups are saved on the local appliance AND pushed to the cloud
  • Backups are taken automatically, at multiple intervals throughout the day
  • Image-based backups are taken, instead of file-based; this takes a complete picture of the workstation or server.
  • Automated screenshots are taken of each image-based backup to verify a successful backup (proof of backup)
  • Critical data can be prioritized, to be transferred offsite first
  • You can easily restore a single file, a specific workstation or even an entire server, through your Business Continuity portal

How should it work?

  1. Your data is saved on the local Business Continuity device, then pushed to the cloud, on a pre-determined schedule
  2. Image-based backup technology verifies that a full “snapshot” of entire systems, workstations and servers was taken successfully
  3. You receive an email confirmation of this successful “snapshot”

When a disaster occurs:

Crisis 1: Server crashes

  • An alert is issued
  • The entire system can then be instantly virtualized on the local Business Continuity device in mere seconds
  • Employees can then continue to run their system off of this device until the production server is restored fully

Crisis 2: Office flood

  • Flood destroys the local Business Continuity device, workstations and servers
  • The entire system can be instantly virtualized to the cloud
  • Employees can run the entire system from the cloud until the local systems and devices are restored

The real plus of having a Business Continuity solution, like QBR, is its affordability!

Contact us today to learn more about our Business Continuity solution – QBR.

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