Offsite backup should be part of any disaster recovery commitment.

A commitment to data backup is important to make

Stephen Perkins

While making disaster recovery provisions may seem like a no-brainer, there are still enough excuses out there to keep most businesses from doing so. Maybe the company in question has never experienced the physical loss of servers, so the idea of a storm tearing through town and leveling the office might not even be on its radar. 

This is why Forbes contributor Tom Coughlin believes that proper redundancies are crucial.

"Backing up is keeping (at least) a second copy of any of your important content so you still have it even if the first copy is destroyed or damaged," he wrote. "Almost everybody has had experiences where they have lost digital data when a computer crashed, a cell phone or tablet was lost, data became corrupted or a virus destroyed data."

It is the startling frequency of occurrences like these that is starting to redefine how enterprises view their critical systems. But the commitment to data backup is not happening at a high enough rate to be considered a fundamental shift.

In accordance, March 31 is World Backup Day 2014. According to TechZone 360 senior editor Peter Bernstein, not enough is being done in the way of data loss prevention. Even if an organization has a plan in place, chances are it is not being tested as often as they should be. The resulting sense of security an organization gains by putting an under-tested strategy in play is a false one. 

This is where hosted, offsite backup can come in handy. By bringing in a team of managed services professionals, in-house IT staff members will be less encumbered by the maintenance and upkeep of these systems and spend more of their time on enabling the company in new ways.

Categories: Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Server Backup