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We can have a look at your companies backup regime, disaster recovery and business continuity plans, look at the data being baked up, look at the type and age of media, frequency, offsite storage, check the software, audit the companies data and the backups to see what is and what is not backed up – and make recommendations. This service is still valid for a small business, the data is just as vital and to be honest, its easier as the volume of data is normally not too large.

Backup Validation

We can check that data has been written to the backup media – check that no errors have occurred – this should be partially automatic and performed at every backup. It is surprising to find that most businesses don’t have a regular check that any data was written to the media – and even more surprising that they rarely check the logs till there is a problem and there is nothing to restore.

Data Validation

We can check the backups have actually occurred, including a test restore and testing of the disaster recovery plan – this should be performed at least once a year depending on the sensitivity of the data to the company. Again, most companies never actually attempt to restore their data until its too late – this is as vital as backing up the data in the first place, especially if your disaster recovery plan is to restore the data elsewhere only to find out too late that the restore is incompatible with the hardware you are trying to put on it.

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning

We can help you evaluate your business needs, and help to develop a plan to cover emergency scenarios, work out what to do when and whether the business could continue to function or whether it would have to stop – part of the planning is for the company to decide what to recover from and how much they want to spend – everything is redundant given enough money. A good disaster recovery plan should cope with having to relocate at short notice and restore data to alternative hardware, whereas a good business continuity plan should evaluate and triangulate essential data and software to allow any single piece of hardware to fail and to cause minimal disruption to the business – its not a good plan to rely on a single piece of hardware as they all fail sooner or later.

Offsite versus Online

We can look at how often your backups are removed from site, where they are stored, the privacy of the data, the longevity of the data, the sensitivity of the data and the data volume – we can evaluate whether offsite or online is more relevant for your business needs. Neither of these scenarios needs to be prohibitively expensive – for instance, most small businesses can get a reliable online location to store files for little to no cost.