Disaster Recovery Backup Systems
A disaster recovery backup system is necessary for any business, regardless of its size. But contrary to what some business owners think, disaster recovery is not the same as data backup, and it takes both to effectively minimize security risks and prevent data loss.
In this article, SolarWinds MSP (formerly LOGICnow) — the world's leading integrated IT Service Management platform — delves deeper into disaster recovery and data backup and explains why a cloud-based disaster recovery backup system is an essential tool for MSPs and IT professionals.
Disaster Recovery vs. Data Backup
According to Forbes, "Data backup and disaster recovery are not the same. For one thing, the backup software can fail, or the person responsible for backing up can fail. Also, backing up without recovery in mind is tantamount to not backing up at all. And finally, there are other steps you have to take in order to successfully restore your data in the event you need your backup."
TechTarget defines disaster recovery as "the area of security planning that deals with protecting an organization from the effects of significant negative events." Significant negative events include anything that puts a business' operations at risk such as:
- Equipment failures
- Cyber attacks
- Other natural disasters
An organization's disaster recovery plan outlines policies, procedures and actions that minimize disruption to the organization's operations and enable employees and systems to quickly resume critical functions in the event of a disaster.
Similarly, a business continuity plan is a written document that states an organization's essential functions and identifies which processes and systems must be prioritized and sustained. Most business continuity plans include the following information:
- Employee contact list
- Prioritized list of critical business functions
- Key contacts and critical telephone numbers
- Recovery locations
- Inventory of IT assets
- Disaster recovery plan
Data backup is the activity of copying files and data to preserve them in the case of a disaster or equipment failure. Once data is backed up, authorized IT personnel can restore it to its operational state.
So, while data backup and disaster recovery are different, they work together to ensure a business' data is protected, restored and compliant with business and government regulations.
SolarWinds MSP Disaster Recovery and Backup System
SolarWinds MSP's disaster recovery and backup solution is a cloud-based platform that enables MSPs to do the following:
- Protect more data
- Recover data faster
- Guarantee privacy
- Simplify IT management
All of this is possible from a single pane of glass. SolarWinds MSP integrates with several operating systems and applications, including Windows, OS X and Exchange, for added flexibility and control over data.
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