Issues Associated With Data Backup and Recovery


By Alice A. Synder, Guest Post, Joint Enterprise Technologies

Of all the assets that a business owns, data is the most valuable. But not many businesses recognize this thus they are not taking appropriate measures to ensure that their data is secure, fully protected and that it is available to them at all times.

Businesses realize the importance of backups and so have gotten quite good in creating them. However, there are very few businesses that actually a disaster recovery plan. While having backups is good and vital, having a recovery plan is even more important.

Otherwise, it is like you are asking to get your data lost or stolen without a way of getting them back from your backup. On that note, knowing the issues associated with data backup and recovery is the first step in creating an efficient recovery plan or strengthening your existing plan.

First of all, data disaster can be large or small. It may not affect the business’ operation at all or it can topple down the whole business. Big or small, your disaster recovery plan should be for the worst-case scenario.

Issue #1: No Disaster Recovery Plan
Often, businesses have backups but not a disaster recovery plan. They may have the right technology for recovery but they don’t know how to use it. In this situation, you need to have a calm head and a solid, written plan detailing what you need to do to recover the lost data.

Issue #2: The Plan is Incorrect or Insufficient
For efficient execution of the plan, you can have it as brief as possible but it has to be clear and includes all the important information. A good disaster recovery plan has accounted for alternate situations and must address common disaster scenarios.

Issue #3: The Plan Uses Incorrect Technologies
Other times, the issue that businesses face is the fact that they are using the wrong technologies. The most common example of this is when businesses use outdated equipment, media, and execution techniques as well as when you’re trying to save money by using the cheapest technology available.

Issue #4: The Plan is Not Tested
Testing the plan is crucial but businesses fail to do so. If you don’t test your recovery plan, then how can you tell it works? With testing, you can better understand how you will execute the plan when an actual disaster happens. To ensure the efficiency of the plan, you need to practice using it.

Issue #5: Insufficient Information Management
The most important when it comes to disaster recovery plan is information management and documentation. Why? With communication then you can properly manage information before, during and after the disaster, especially knowing who does what.

In addition to these issues, businesses that use traditional backup plans also often have to deal with issues on ineffective data backups, untested and slow restores as well as high upfront costs. Data plays a very important role in the operations of a business and so these issues need to be properly addressed.

In that case, you need expert help from here to provide you with tested and proven data recovery plan services.

About the Author
Alice A. Synder sees information technology as a valuable tool whose only role is to SUPPORT a business’ strategic vision, not DRIVE the business’ vision. Joint Enterprise Technologies is an information technology company in Tampa, FL founded April 28, 2008, by Richie Harris and Charles Middleton.

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