Losing your data is much easier to prevent than it is to cure — CSE offer comprehensive Data Backup Services and Business IT Support Services in Burgess Hill, Sussex, in order to keep your business ticking and avoid major interruptions. If you don't know where to begin, we can help!
Data Backup Services are a proactive method of preventing the problems that reactive IT Support often can't resolve. In the event of a failure affecting your business critical systems, you rely totally on your backup for data or system recovery.
It is very common for backups to be needed in the event of user error. Perhaps the user has accidentally deleted a file, edited it incorrectly, or lost it. As this can be a regular occurrence, data backup is absolutely imperative, and many would perceive that in the event of a complete system failure they are covered by their current procedure. However, this is only correct up to a point!
How covered are you in the event of a complete system failure ?
Do you know how long it may take for a full recovery?
Have you tested your recovery process to ensure you are adequately covered?
It is without doubt that backups are essential but it is equally important to decide what type of backup you require by assessing the risk to your business and the length of downtime you could survive.
Do you have a robust Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity process in operation?
Assuming a classic backup process of a rolling backup, it would take around five days to order, install and retrieve your data onto a new server in the event of a complete disaster.
Would this amount of time be acceptable to you?
If you would like to know more about how to protect your business, call now on 01444 238070 and we will advise you as to the best solution for your requirements.
A standard backup process will save data onto separate removable media. Typically this is run as an overnight process, however this can be done more often depending on the quantity of data and the type/size of media that it is being copied to. The software and media used can also depend on your requirements.
Backup is essential and the standard level would be the minimum effective solution which you should adopt.
This involves the backup data being stored onto removable media that would be taken offsite as a precaution against fire, flood or theft.
This is a cost-effective way of ensuring you have a separate backup of your data.
There are however, easier and better options you may wish to consider…
The offsite backup solution is effectively the same as the Standard Backup option except it can be used in situations where clients would prefer not to conduct their own manual data backup. Many clients prefer to have an automatic system, thus avoiding reliance on in-house staff to take media offsite.
We offer offsite data storage, which can be either at our data centre or at a separate data centre depending on individual client requirements and choice.
The Advanced Backup solution works the same way as the Standard Backup option. The main difference here is that specialised Robust System Recovery software is used and there are different options of media.
System recovery software, is capable of running incremental snapshots every 15 minutes. This reduces the recovery time significantly.
In the event of a disaster affecting your server such as a catastrophic hardware failure, fire, flood or theft we will deliver a pre-built loan server to you, upon which you can restore your last available backup.
This allows for both full recovery and granular recovery of data right down to single files.
The Ultimate Backup solution combines the benefits of both the Advanced and the Offsite Backup options to give you total peace of mind in the event of any complete disaster, however caused, including fire, theft, flood or even hardware failure.
We will deliver a pre-built loan server to you, ready to go, onto which we will have restored your last backup from our data centre.
As soon as it is connected to your network, you will be up and running and back in business.
Business Continuity Planning is not just about managing a complete disaster, it is also about planning for the more irritating events which have a temporary effect on business and yet still cause disruption. With the appropriate level of planning these events can be managed to significantly reduce the loss of time to the business. In this article we will look at both elements, these being;-
1) Complete disaster. Low risk, high impact.
2) Minor disruption. High risk, difficult to evaluate the impact
FACT: 90% of businesses which lose their data in a disaster go out of business within two years, and almost 50% never reopen their doors. Source: University of Texas Centre for Research on Information
Irretrievable data loss can spell the death of a business. Customer records, financial systems, VAT and tax returns, business documents and email archives – they are all vital to maintain business continuity. Yet more than half of businesses fail to maintain an adequate back-up system to keep their data fully protected.
Protect your most valuable asset
Everyone thinks data loss is someone else’s problem, but sooner or later it’s likely to happen to your business. It is impossible to predict the scale of any issue, but it’s always important to anticipate the worst case scenario.
Putting in place a comprehensive business continuity plan will enable your business to recover from any disaster quickly, inexpensively and with a minimum of downtime. We’ll help you design and implement the most suitable and cost effective solution to maintain continuity in the following critical areas:
· People, workforce, skills and knowledge
· Supporting technologies
· Equipment and supplies
· Stakeholders, partners and contractors
Minor disruption can be caused by many events such as weather, power outages, accidents to employees or even basic hardware failure. The effects on the business can range from very little disruption to a highly significant issue as the problem escalates out of control- for example during the heavy snowfall in 2010
Source: Weather Expert
“Disruption caused by the heavy snowfall could cost UK businesses about £1bn, South-East England had the worst snow it has seen for 18 years.”
Source: Weather Expert
“The forecast for London, UK for the 2010 - 2011 Winter, expect below average temperatures and above average snow. The reason for this is that the La Nina weather phenomenon is now building in the eastern Pacific and should continue to do so until next Spring. For Canada this always brings more weather systems out of the North West resulting in colder temperatures and more snowfall. Then once the low pressure area leaves Canada, it picks up some extra energy from the Atlantic Ocean and by the time the low hits the UK it is colder and drops more snow than normal."
Floods too can have their effect, even if your business is not in a flood risk area, floods may prevent employees actually getting to work.
Reported by The Guardian on 28th of May 2008,
"Half a million people were hit by unscheduled power cuts on Tuesday after seven power stations, including Sizewell B in Suffolk, unexpectedly stopped working within hours of each other."
A simple power outage, more common in some parts of the UK than others, can have potential knock-on effects which can cause damage to computer equipment, potentially leading to some significant downtime for the whole business.
Perhaps an employee is unable to travel to work due to personal circumstances, or has suffered an accident of some kind and would like the opportunity to remain part of the workforce during their recovery.
These events and others can, with planning, be easily addressed, and not necessarily at a huge expense. With the abundance of new technology we can plan for every eventuality so that your business still functions effectively. Call us or drop us a line to find out how.