A lack of backup for network device settings can cause headaches.

Backing up network device settings is crucial

Stephen Perkins

The costs that are associated with downtime can be astronomical. Companies that get hit by disasters sometimes end up having to file for bankruptcy or shutter their offices completely because they are not sufficiently prepared. One of the biggest hangups that can occur in regard to disaster recovery comes in the way of re-calibrating device settings after they have been crashed or reset.

Having backup access to essential files is sort of a no-brainer. But what about copies of the network configurations that help to process this data? A strong disaster recovery solution should include setting backup as standard practice for everyone involved. While a majority of companies do take these measures into consideration, a rather large segment of businesses pay the practices very little mind.

According to a survey conducted for Opsview, 33 percent of enterprises are not backing up the settings for their network devices. Should a system go down or be wiped out, the ramifications could endanger the entire organization.

"If a business should experience a failure of any device on the network, without a backup of the configuration the IT staff will not be able to easily get the device working smoothly once again," said the Opsview Development Team in a post for TechWorld. "The more complex or advanced the device in question, the greater the problem can be."

Companies should not only be interested in protecting their valuable assets, but also the settings on their tools. Enterprise organizations should look into backing up network device configurations in order to continue working in the event that a problem occurred.

Many setting backups performed inefficiently
While the study by Opsview found that businesses are generally keeping copies of essential systems, the way in which these backups are performed may not be done through suitable means.

Of the companies that are backing up network device configurations, 20 percent are doing so manually. According to Opsview, this can cause a number of issues. Specifically, these operations can easily get put off "until tomorrow." Should those tasked with performing them not have enough time to complete scheduled backups before a disaster strikes, then the most recent versions of these systems could be lost forever.

This is why continuous, offsite backup can be so advantageous for organizations. By bringing in professionals to monitor and manage redundancies, both essential data and crucial system settings can be maintained in their most current incarnations.

Categories: Disaster Recovery