11. Store data in a secure cloud. "In today's environment, one of the most secure ways to secure your organization's data is to put it into a hosted cloud environment," says Heinan Landa, CEO, Optimal Networks, which provides IT services, support and consulting. "Essentially, you are putting your network into a hosted cloud environment and then it is being delivered to you on-demand. The onus of responsibility for security, updates, redundancy, failover and business continuity rest with your provider."
"Cloud storage providers now provide secure, highly available services, combined with the maturity of cloud gateways to interface these clouds," adds Rob Whiteley, vice president of Product Marketing, Riverbed Technology, which provides a location-independent computing platform.
"Companies can actually improve their disaster preparedness by leveraging multiple cloud storage providers for service and geographic redundancy," Whiteley says. "Cloud storage improves backup costs, boosts performance and dramatically reduces recovery point objectives (RPO) by avoiding outdated tape and offsite storage methods."
12. Test for recovery — and test again."It's all about the recovery," states Jarrett Potts, director of Strategic Marketing, STORserver, a provider of data backup solutions. "All the backups in the world cannot save you if you can't recover to test. [So] test then test some more," he says. "When you're finished, test it again. Do random recoveries each week. Do disaster recovery testing and audit your data pools. Always be sure you can recover your data."
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