Enterprise Data Backup is More Than Just Being Able to Get the Data Back

The purpose of enterprise data backup is more than just being prepared to restore data in the case of a catastrophic event resulting from weather or machine failure.

Court oder on data requirementsData backup and recovery strategies must also meet company policies regarding regulatory requirements, data breaches, ability to respond to court orders, and more. These requirements go beyond just putting the data back the way it was before the disaster.

Company policies may have varying stipulations for retention and restore requirements from the different areas of responsibilities. For instance:

Regulatory Requirements

A company knows what regulatory bodies they must comply with. However, that coordination is not always formalized between the IT staff responsible for data back and recovery and the department responsible for the regulatory compliance. Regulatory compliance can become quite complex and is often changing. For instance, an organization may find that they must comply with HIPAA because they handle medical records on their employees or students, FFIEC because they handle money, and FISMA because they participate in government grants. Each regulatory requirement can have unique data recovery responsibilities that are being modified on a sporadic basis.

Data Breaches

The Business Continuity department of large organizations is finding that their responsibilities have grown beyond people, facilities and information systems. The Business Continuity people are now approached with the responsibility of handling response, protection and recovery procedures if enterprise data is compromised. Data breaches are becoming more of a threat, both from a technical perspective and a reputation perspective. Data resilience is critical to the business regarding the increase in data breaches over the recent years.

Court Orders

An enterprise has the responsibility to be prepared to respond to court orders for information requests. In the case of litigation, the duty to preserve evidence can start with reasonable anticipation of litigation. As the litigation process proceeds, the data retention requirements may need to be dynamically altered from current standard company procedures.

Consider that data is not only to be backed up for protection of a catastrophic event, but, it also needs to be restored for many different purposes and meet varying requirements. This requires coordinated strategies and testing. Data Backup strategies must be planned and tested to assure all company requirements regarding data retention and recovery are met.

Consult with Data Backup and Recovery specialists, such as Salvus Data Consultants to ensure your organizations is taking into considerations all data recovery requirements.

Reasons to Consider an MSP for Data Backup and Restore Program

Companies are re-evaluating their Data Backup and Recovery processes as complex data structures create new challenges.

Managed ServiceOutsourcing Data backup processes is a logical first choice to consider. When considering outsourcing, however, there are concerns about protecting secure data and internal security procedures. So, outsourcing to an American Managed Service Provider is often the preferred approach; especially if the data can remain within the control of the company and only the Backup and Recovery procedures are performed remotely by the Data Back and Recovery MSP.

One purpose to outsource is to free up the time of the IT staff to focus on core business strategies instead of training on the new Backup and Recovery techniques and then spending hours each day looking at logs and emails. The Storage Administrator can be released from the endless cycle of repeating the same tasks over and over again. And, the processes can be designed and performed by experts in the field.

In the search for an outsourced Data Backup and Recovery, a company will look for:

  • Having direct access to a team of senior certified consultants which integrate into your existing IT team to manage your TSM infrastructure.
  • Having the latest backup and monitoring solutions, without the overhead and headaches to maintaining it.
  • Have the option to plan and execute Disaster Recovery efforts in house to ensure all stakeholders are involved.
  • Partnering with an American operated organization who understands business needs.
  • Have an escalation point and access to consultants with extensive experience of supporting a broad range of backup environments.
  • Regular strategic review meetings and account management

IBM’s Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) provides a platform to resolve both tactical and strategic backup solutions. Salvus Data Consultants is an MSP that provides IBM’s TSM backup environments. The benefits are:

    • The service provides a proactive approach to backup and recovery:
      1. Fixing it (tactical repairs)
      2. Monitoring backup solutions (discovery).
      3. Tuning the backup environment (proactive)
      4. Planning long term backup solution (strategic).

When considering a new approach to your Data Backup and Restore, consider outsourcing to an American MSP that will partner with you in the design and execution of a proactive strategy. Contact Salvus Data to explore the benefits that an experience data backup and recovery MSP can provide your business.

Offsite Data Backup Should Not Be A Distraction

Executing an effective backup strategy should not distract from the IT department’s main focus of managing a quality environment. Data backups should be performed efficiently to ensure recovery, if ever needed, is quick and successful.

Salvus Data offsite backupWhy is  backup of the enterprise’s data storage more complex than sometimes expected. One of the reasons is because all data is not the same. The backup of the type of data must be considered.

Data backup and recovery is a learned discipline. Excessive time can be taken away from the main focus of the IT department in learning this discipline. Or, short cuts may be taken that cause severe issues when recovery is necessary. Refer to our post WHEN IS TIME MORE IMPORTANT THAN MONEY? – DURING DATA RECOVERY.

An offsite data backup process performed by an experienced managed service provider (MSP) offers efficiencies in the backup process and effective recovery of lost, deleted or corrupted data.

Salvus Data is a managed service provider offering an offsite data backup program for businesses. Salvus uses IBM’s Tivoli Storage Management (TSM) to provide optimal results to its customers. Call us to discuss your needs and see how we can help. 903-201-7233