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GUEST VIEW: Saving your business from IT disaster

Charles Clarke | July 31, 2013
There are several key benefits for adopting cloud-based solutions as part of a modern data protection strategy for SMBs.

Furthermore, smaller businesses are not bound by the same data sovereignty laws as that of larger financial and government organisations. As such, data sovereignty can be less of a concern, thus opening up more choices when it comes to cloud storage.

Key considerations for SMBs when moving towards Modern Data Protection

1.       Making the right choice for modern data protection

The key to effectively leverage the cloud as part of a disaster recovery strategy is to ensure that the right decision is made when it comes to the choice of tools implemented and partners to engage. It is essential to make sure that the solution chosen makes sense for the business. There are options out there for SMBs when it comes to backup solutions that are affordable, easy-to-use and guarantee minimal disruption to the business. Ample research should be conducted to assess which solution will best match the specific business needs.

2.       Do your sums

 It is important to weigh the cost implications associated with your data protection strategy so as to determine if disaster recovery in the cloud makes sense for your business. From a financial perspective, assess whether it is best to back everything up to the cloud, or selected information. In most cases, it will seem sensible to adopt a multi-tiered approach to storage, using a combination of local backups, tapes and cloud storage solutions to ensure complete protection. It is crucial to assess the possible risks involved. For instance, if you fail to invest in the right solution, how could this potentially impact your bottom line in the long run?

3.       Have a plan

Though taking a modern data protection approach to disaster recovery in the cloud is not quite as straightforward as implementing backup tools or copying data to storage, it can be simplified if SMBs plan appropriately. This involves understanding what the environment looks like before a disaster, in order to allow it to be rebuilt in the case of an outage.

Making sure a disaster avoidance strategy is in place is imperative. Monitoring tools are ideal in providing alerts to backup and performance issues before applications and users are affected. In the event of an outage, ensure that employees can still be productive throughout the duration of the outage, and set expectations of what this duration may be. Above all, if you are going to have a plan, make sure you test it beforehand - you don't want to find out it doesn't work in the event of a disaster!

Charles Clarke is Technical Director Asia Pacific, Veeam Software.

[1] Gartner, Disaster Recovery Plans and Systems Are Essential, <>


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