Data Backup and Disaster Recovery are two services that you never want to have trouble with. However, mistakes do happen.

Malware, ransomware, a crashed server, natural disaster or disgruntled employee are all reasons your organization could face a data recovery situation. Are you able to fully recover your environment in the event of a setback? Sure, you think you have it all covered. After all, what are those daily backups for? However, those backups are no good if you can’t properly restore your environment quickly and efficiently.   

Every minute of downtime is another dollar. According to Gartner, the average cost of network downtime is around $5,600 per minute. That equates to over $300,000 per hour. That’s a huge, and often unexpected, hit to your organization’s bottom line. With numbers like this, prolonged downtime can easily put organizations in serious financial trouble, or, even worse, out of business. 

When a disaster strikes, only a proven and tested backup and disaster recovery solution will keep your business afloat. While organizations hear the horror stories of data breaches and disasters in the news, business owners and IT executives still tend to make some common mistakes. Below are the most common backup and recovery mistakes enterprises make – and how to avoid them. 

Mistake 1: Going at it alone

The responsibility of a disaster recovery strategy may fall within the IT departments expertise, but it can not only fall on them alone. Recovery is an enterprise-wide responsibility that should include users, team leads, financial managers, and legal experts. They can help prioritize which applications and data is mission critical to the organization. Another important resource to turn to when planning for a disaster is a Managed Services Provider. They can help you create, test and implement a recovery plan that will properly consider business resources and needs, the importance of minimal downtime, and the security of your mission critical data. 

Mistake 2: Not trusting the cloud for backup and disaster recovery

Many organizations are still relying on traditional backup methods like tape backups. These methods are outdated and often cost your organization more time and money when recovering from a disaster, and leave room for human error. Many organizations are turning to the cloud for disaster recovery because of its inherent benefits, such as flexibility, cost-savings and security. Many don’t think that the cloud is secure enough to store mission critical information, but that is simply not true. A Managed Services Provider can provide you with secure, off-site cloud storage in their data center that is dedicated to protecting your backups. When the time comes, and you need to restore from backups, they can swing up your environment off-site, so your employees can continue to work no matter what.  

Mistake 3: Not testing 

The next step after establishing your DR plan, is to test it – and test it regularly under what-if scenarios. If you can’t be confident in your plan normally, you won’t be comfortable under extreme pressure. A Managed Services Provider will regularly test that your backups are working and will mitigate weaknesses that are pinpointed to build confidence in your plan. 

Mistake 4: Not having a backup plan for your backup plan

What if you weren’t storing your backups at a disconnected, off-site location and ransomware hit your backups? You need a backup plan for your backup plan. No plan will be 100% fool-proof and human error mistakes happen on the regular. It is important to continuously bolster your backup strategy by building robust redundancy with recovery options, both onsite and off-site. If your original backup site or files get corrupted, you’ll have a secondary source to pull your data from. 

Mistake 5: Considering backup and disaster recovery a onetime scenario 

As business evolves and changes are made, it only makes sense that your disaster recovery plan must diversify to align properly. Revisit and update your plan several times a year, as well as whenever large changes are made in your organization. Talk to your Managed Services Provider to ensure that they are updated with any policy changes, updates, or additional measures that need to be accounted for. 

While errors and disasters haunt every IT department, you can create an effective disaster recovery plan that will get you through the tough times. With careful planning, regular testing, consistent updates, and partnering with a Managed Services Provider, your plan can withstand whatever challenges comes your way. For more information on data backup and disaster recovery, contact us for a free interactive demo!

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