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How secure is your small business? Here's your guide to SMB security

Sejuti Das | June 28, 2016
Ganesh Kuppuswamy Director of Arcserve India & SAARC region, offers his views and insights on what actions SMBs would be wise to take before the next disaster strikes.

What are the essential elements of a complete data protection strategy?

The essential components for comprehensive data protection stem from business point of view. A quick check list would be: What are the mission-critical applications in my organization; how are these applications associated with data protection; have we conducted a thorough disaster recovery test, and is there a plan; what service level agreements will we need (recovery points and time); are the teams properly trained; have we measured and understood our primary risks; and how many different solutions are in place today.

Working with a backup and recovery specialist is a great start to prioritize key infrastructure adjustments, solution evaluations, selections and budget.

Kindly explain the disaster recovery "triad" solution?

Successful disaster recovery requires a combination of technology, process and people, and IT personnel must attend to each aspects in the event of data loss, and adding to the time needed to execute a complete and successful recovery.

Traditionally, to restore backup data from an off-site tape storage location, a manual process is required, but using a cloud-based model, where the technology changes from tape media to online disk, the process of copying the backup data to the off-site disk is an automated process and requires no manual handling of data.

The same holds true for data recall, but now with cloud solutions answer the triad by providing more reliable technology, simplifying processes, and reducing personnel time. These benefits equate to critical time savings in the data recovery process.

What are the benefits of a cloud-based backup and disaster recovery?

Cloud adoption has grown and become a more widely accepted and established method of data protection and disaster recovery. Significant advancements in network bandwidth and lower costs have made it a realistic data protection option for organizations of all size. Challenges ranging from the use of multiple point solutions to strained resources will underscore a fundamental shift toward more measurability and a keen focus on recovery.

As a result, the rise of cloud-based enterprise applications will be driven by the need to protect cloud-based enterprise data-backup and recovery solutions will adopt new features to protect cloud-based applications for long-term retention and compliance requirements of the organization.

Depending on your needs, different cloud-based disaster recovery solutions are available. BaaS-a complete backup to the cloud; RaaS or a hybrid backup to the cloud; and DRaaS, which is a full disaster recovery in the cloud.

The net result is a full service disaster backup and recovery solution that performs as a secondary data center, with full compute elasticity to support your critical applications in the cloud, in the event your primary data center goes down due to a power outage or disaster.

DRaaS is truly the most exciting new model of cloud-based backup and recovery, but there's much more to know than just spinning up virtual machines in the cloud from your backup images.

Source: Computerworld India


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