Backup and Disaster Recovery

Protecting your data and backing up is extremely imperative in today’s computing world. We can create a bespoke plan for your company to ensure that your data doesn’t suffer from incidents such as your computing crashing or cyber-attacks.

Backup types and Disasters

There are lots of different ways in which you can back up your files and folders, however; no backup is truly 100% safe. Here are some types of backups:

  • Full backups.
  • Incremental backups.
  • Differential backups.
  • Synthetic full backups.

Each type of backup has its own set of pros and cons. As a company, we always recommend running multiple types of backups to help mitigate the risk of something going wrong.

As well as there being many types of backups, there are always many ways to store backups. You can store backups on site, offsite or in the cloud. The way in which you store your backups will depend on how far you are willing to go to protect your data. We are here to advise and guide you with picking the backup method that is best for you.

Disaster Recovery is a plan that every organization should have in place to protect their data. It is a plan that allows businesses to maintain or quickly resume mission-critical functions following a disaster. When creating a disaster plan, you need to think of the different ways your data could be compromised, such as:

  • Computer crashing.
  • Hard drive failure.
  • Fire.
  • Lightning strike.
  • Cyber-attack.

Full backup

This literally backups everything on your disk drives. Full backups are good because you have everything backed up in full.  However, this method of backing up can be quite time-consuming and can use a lot of disk space. Therefore, it can work out costly for your business if run on a daily basis.

Incremental backups

An incremental backup takes less time than a full backup. The way it works is you have your full backup then each time something is changed since the last backup only the changed files are copied when you do an incremental backup. This can save a lot of time and disk space. The main drawback of this type of backup is that it’s extremely time-consuming to restore especially if run permanently.

For example, if I started incremental backup on the first of the month and I wanted to restore my files to the 19th of the month; I would have to install the backup from the first then the second then the third and so on until the 19th.

Differential backups

Differential backups are very similar to incremental backups, however, instead of saving all data that has been changed since the last incremental backup, differential backups save all of the data that has been changed since the last full backup. This would mean you would only need to load two sets of backups no matter what day of the month you wanted to restore your data to.

 

Synthetic full backups

Synthetic full backups are best described as a variation of an incremental backup. A full backup is taken and each day any files that have been changed are taken as a backup, however, the full backup and incremental backup are then merged together to create a synthetic full backup.

 

Summary

We are here to help you through this process, ensuring the correct backup and disaster recovery plans are in place for you. So why not give us a call and we can organize an appointment to tailor make your disaster recovery and a backup plan.

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