Offsite backup means that businesses don't have to be psychic to stay protected.

Disaster recovery must take uncertainty into consideration

Stephen Perkins

Nobody plans for a disaster to happen. There are any number of variables occurring at any given time that can threaten a business with downtime and lost profits. From careless employees spilling coffee on a server rack to a tornado unexpectedly touching down near the office, it is almost impossible to prepare for what might occur.

But by accepting that anything is possible, those tasked with developing disaster recovery strategies can anticipate more than one would think. While it may seem contradictory, acknowledging potential threats as both uncertain and inevitable leads IT staff members to solutions that reflect that. Even if there is no way to properly plan for the failure – or complete destruction of – enterprise servers, there are solutions that can effectively mitigate certain kinds of risks rather than attempt to tackle them all with individual plans. By treating everything as one big impending problem rather than individualized occurrences with nuanced solutions, it will be easier to handle and circumvent downtime when it eventually arises.

This is why offsite backups are so critical for modern companies. By allowing redundancies to be hosted and managed in a remote location, organizations can ensure that a situation as extreme as the whole office burning down will not hurt the company as much as it could. Even if companies are taking meticulous care to update copies of files and system settings, all efforts can be instantly undone if physical storage is compromised onsite. Oftentimes, the farther away things are stored, the better.

Online backup decreases downtime
One way to make remote backup even more of an effective tool is to make it available online. This constant connection not only facilitates continuous backup and ensures up-to-date redundancies, but is also beneficial in that it can be recalled much more instantaneously than it used to be. A secure line can be established to both protect the company's privacy while keeping storage current and accessible whenever needed.

It is that kind of responsiveness that needs to be indicative of disaster recovery plans in this day and age. With so many vague possibilities threatening tech-supported businesses, organizations need to accept that the solutions they need are going to cover a wide variety of hypothetical bases. When treading on the shaky ground that defined modern enterprise, it is critical to have an offsite backup solution in place.

Categories: Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Online Backup