It’s an all too typical scenario for businesses today. You arrive at the office, power up your computer, and get ready to start your day when you discover critical files are missing, you can’t access your ERP system, or e-mail is down company-wide. The cause could be anything really from ransomware to hardware failure or even user error, but that’s not the point. You’re down, and you need to get your systems back up and running so you can get to work.
Multiple Backup Solutions
Everyone knows you have to back up your data, and there are several methods that business use to back up their data. Why are there so many methods? The answer may surprise you; all to often, backup strategies are motivated by cost.
Some organizations create elaborate backup schemes involving manual backups of database and copying files to external hard drives. They might even have a sign off sheet to track that the backups were performed. These systems often fail for two reasons. First, the backups are manual and highly reliant on an individual correctly executing each step of the process. If that person is sick, on vacation, and just simply unable to get to the backup on a particular day, the backup simply doesn’t run.
The second reason this method fails is that there is no mechanism in place to ensure that every file was backed up. Often, an open file may not copy. Disk errors or file corruption could cause a valid, albeit older, version of a file to be overwritten by a corrupt version that cannot be opened. There is no mechanism in place to ensure that everything was backed up and that nothing became corrupt.
Is the Cloud the Answer?
If you lose a critical server, you now have to get your files from the cloud. This recovery could be terabytes of data, and, depending on the speed of your internet connection, it could take days or even weeks to download your data from the Internet.
Can you go days or even weeks without access to your files, email, CRM or ERP?
The Best of Both Worlds
Thankfully, SMB’s have another option. Hybrid Cloud backup solutions allow you to fully automate the process of backing up your critical systems, securely store those backups off-site in the cloud, and yet, have a local backup repository to get your back up and running quickly—in minutes or hours as opposed to days or weeks.
A Hybrid solution will protect your SMB and provide rapid recovery from threats that include accidental file deletions, ransomware and other malware threats, and threats to your data from disgruntled employees. Additionally, you are protected from a full site disaster as your backups are stored in the cloud, and can be easily accessed.
Is a Hybrid Cloud Backup Solution Enough?
For many SMB’s, however, a hybrid backup solution is not enough. In the event of a hardware failure, you might have access to all your backups, but you may not have a server to which the backups can be restored. Large businesses will typically utilize redundancy and replication technology to mitigate this risk, but such measures are generally cost-prohibitive for SMB’s.
The Isidore Group offers a cost-effective hybrid Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR) solution tailored for SMB’s. The Isidore Group BDR not only provides all the features you’d expect from a Hybrid backup solution, but also the ability to mitigate the risk of hardware failures.
In the event of a hardware failure, our onsite BDR appliance can run your failed server or servers from your most recent backup. Additionally, in the case of a facility failure, we can run all your backed up servers from our datacenter—providing you critical access to vital systems while your business recovers.
Simple BDR solutions for SBM’s. Just another way we SIMPLIFY IT.