Backup and Recovery Best practices

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bestpractie.png Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery can be absolutely daunting at first glance, but with the right practices and tools in place, implementing an effective strategy doesn’t have to be difficult or consume multitudes of IT resources. Functional backup technology, detailed DR plans, continuous testing and heterogeneity are the core foundations that will prevent disaster failures and propel you to DR success.

Build an effective Backup and Disaster Recovery strategy that will protect your corporate data and your job with these three steps:


Before you can figure out how to protect your company, you need to figure out who will be responsible for the work, and what the most important business operations are. To do this, determine, and write down:


  • WHO: Who needs to be online working, how will they keep working, and how do you reach them if the email server and VOIP goes down? (many companies use employee cell phones).
  • WHAT: ID key operational process that not only include how to get back up and running, but identify all daily business operations required to continue to achieve revenue.
  • WHERE: What infrastructure pieces and applications are critical to support the business operations, and how can you ensure they are protected or recoverable to a secondary location.


Now that you have identified critical processes and infrastructure to support the processes, you need to determine the Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) – the maximum amount of data (in terms of time) that you can afford to lose – and Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) – the maximum amount of time that you can afford to be without your data and systems. The best DR plans are based on how much data is being recovered and how quickly that information needs to be brought online. These two factors drive the backup and recovery solution selection, you need to ensure you have a tool that meets the needs of your data protection strategy.

Don’t forget replicaton: In simple terms, make sure your servers and data are backed up and replicated to an offsite location. This process provides an added layer of redundancy so that if the primary data center goes down, information is still accessible via the secondary site, and business operations can proceed unaffected.



Ensure your technology is working. Test. Test again. Better yet, automate testing.

Data backup is only effective if you have available systems and infrastructure upon which to access it. Consider techniques such as dissimilar bare metal recovery and virtualized “instant recovery” to ensure your data and systems – and your business – will be back up and running quickly after a disaster strikes.

Thorough, iterative DR testing that is done on a consistent schedule allows it to be adopted as yet another standard business practice. The change rate of your data is a good benchmark to determine how frequently to test your disaster recovery plan.

And, of course, Unitrends solutions are able to provide you all of the tools you need to implement your Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery needs. Recover More.

ReliableDR: A Unique Tool To Demonstrate Compliance

ReliableDR: A Unique Tool To Demonstrate Compliance

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Last Updated: 02/27/2014
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