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Backup (Natural) Disaster Recovery

Posted by Michael Lupacchino on Wed, Aug 04, 2010

Backup Disaster Recovery

As we enter the month of August, we are also entering the height of hurricane season. Albeit hurricane preparation may not be on the average IT professional’s to-do list, BUT it is important to note that data loss can be caused by natural occurring events such as flood, fire, storms, earthquakes and power surges.  And as all of us know snow after this year.

Although the major cause of data loss is due to human error combined with the fact that naturally occurring disasters only account for roughly 3% of all data loss; it is important to note this form of data loss is the most severe.


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Lightening Doesn’t Strike Twice

Park Oskar, a freelance writer for StellarInfo.com, posted an online article in September of 2006 profiling the different types of non-human data loss. He recommends keeping data in an offsite backup as it is “statistically unlikely for natural disasters to occur in two locations simultaneously.

Utilizing the Cloud (No Pun Intended)

 Since Oskar’s article was published four years ago, the Cloud has become a viable option for seamless offsite data backup. As part of your organization’s Backup Disaster Recovery (BDR) program, you can set up a Cloud to send data offsite continuously.

One of the major benefits of utilizing the Cloud is that it can be accessed anywhere via an internet connection.

Always Be Prepared

So say for instance (Worst Case Scenario here) a severe storm damages your office. Some of your equipment is damaged and you can’t work in the office until repairs are made. Luckily because your data is backed-up in the Cloud, you can access the Cloud from your home computer and within minutes, it is business as usual.

Again, even though the probability of losing data due to an “Act of God” is incredibly slim, the aftermath of such an event can be detrimental to an organization. In this case, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Tags: Cloud Computing, Disaster Recovery, Managed Services

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