Have you ever encountered working on a document and suddenly a power failure or a system crash occurred? And, the difficult part is when you realize that you have forgotten to save your work and nothing can be recovered. During the old days, the agony of repeating all your unsaved data is truly such a painful feeling. It is a waste of time, money and energy especially if you are dealing with such tight deadlines. Luckily, many of today’s productivity software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and many others already have a built-in auto save option that automatically creates a save-point to protect your work in the event of power failure or system crash. I believe when the feature was introduced, it already save a lot of working hours, effort and most importantly relieved other people from emotional stress.
In the corporate world where data is valuable, data loss is one of the worst thing that a business would never wish to happen. However, many companies fail to see the value of investing in backup and recovery infrastructure solutions which is critical in the continuity of business operation. They see it as additional burden or cost which are then neglected in the end.
As data continue to grow, it becomes more vital in running the business. Data-driven companies requires access to information at all times in order to operate. One example of this are hospitals wherein patients’ information must be accessible to medical practitioners in order to provide better service. Failure to gather information might mean a life and death situation. Thus, ensuring data availability is crucial. Deploying backup and recovery infrastructure solutions provides several benefits which could help companies in any unforeseen event.
- Data protection against data loss is the most common benefit wherein data can be stored to different mediums such as tapes, disks, external drives or other data center location through replication. This ensures that saved data will have the exact copy as backup.
- Faster recovery time in the event of data corruption or catastrophic event. Having a backup copy of the original, recovery will be easier and faster. Imagine if you don’t have a copy of a specific record, instead of manually entering all the information again, you just need to restore from a backup. The same way is true for Operating Systems (OS) wherein you don’t need to run a full install of the OS from scratch and manually installing all the application, instead you just run a full restore of the OS.
- Some countries requires specific backup retention due to government laws and regulation. Using backup and recovery infrastructure solutions, data can be archived for longer period. Archived data can be unloaded from the system or application reducing its processing load.
- Increased customers confidence and company credibility considering that information is protected. Having a backup gives customers the peace of mind that their information are stored safely. This increase companies credibility to handle such information.
Benefits may vary depending on the company needs and there are so many tools and software that are now available in the market that caters backup and recovery solutions for enterprise environment. Most of these caters similar concept that is to protect critical data against data loss. It is just a matter of choosing which one would fit to the organization needs. Example of these are as follows;
- Veritas NetBackup
- Veeam Backup and Replication
- IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
- HP Data Protector
- Dell EMC Avamar
- Acronis Backup and Recovery
- CA ARCServe
New technologies are also emerging in the markets that offers sophisticated solution especially in the cloud. Regardless of what it is, implementing backup and recovery solutions must be included in IT infrastructure because no one knows on when will data corruption or catastrophic failures is going to occur. It is better to be prepared than to lose business integrity and credibility or worse ran out of business.
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