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6 Tips on Disaster Planning & Recovery

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 10:12:00 AM Categories: Technology
  1. Start with the basics.
    Review your current backup plan, and put something in place where nothing exists. Even the best disaster recovery plan can’t recover data that’s never been backed up.
  2. Test restoring something. Regularly.
    If you’re backing your files up, you likely verify that everything is backing up successfully. When’s the last time you tested restoring something from a backup? Whether you backup a few files, or image entire servers, you need to make sure you can restore data now so when the disaster happens you’re successful. Testing a restore will not only make sure the data can restore successfully, but it helps you understand the process of doing it.
  3. Have spare hardware.
    If you have a mission-critical computer or server that you need to have running all the time, make sure you have spare hardware available so you can get yourself back up and running quickly. As an example, Dell offers a warranty package for servers that includes a package of spare components to get you back up and running ASAP.
  4. Monitor your systems for changes.
    Today’s computer systems are too complex to rely on a single person for knowledge of each component and its configuration options and settings. Having your devices monitored will en-sure that negative changes are noticed immediately, allowing for prompt repair. Sometimes catching a small issue soon enough will allow for repair before it becomes a major catastrophe.
  5. Spending money now can save money later.
    I’ve experienced disasters that have lasted minutes, and some that have lasted days. In many cases, there’s been a need to purchase something in order to facilitate the recovery of sys-tems. The expense might be very small, like a new cable; or larger, like airfare and hotel stays. In one case, a client did not take my advice to backup their server. The server got hacked and the administrator password was changed. Instead of simply restoring the server back to the day before with minimal loss of data, the client ended up spending hundreds of dollars on software and labor getting the password reset.
  6. Set it and forget it.
    Make sure that the backup system you implement is working correctly, but also make sure it’s automatic. Don’t rely on a single person to plug in a thumb drive or change a tape. Capitalize on new software and cloud technologies to completely automate the process.

ITworks provides backup solutions for companies of all sizes.
Steven Taylor
CEO, ITworks
(330) 247-2471