Best Practices for Backup and Recovery

World has been through a lot of revolutions, including industrial, agricultural, technology, and now we are passing through a data revolution. One of the biggest revolutions ever and “Data is the new Oil”. Many things have changed the way data is being consumed, and keeping our data safe is not as simple as saving it on a book or a computer. In the past, we didn’t have any backup nor were we sure if it was safe.
How are we even sure today that our backup is still safe and can be used later if needed. In the rise of the digital age, organisations of all sizes have to keep backup to ensure their information or data is safe and can be used later for our benefit.
Backup & Availability are an essential part of the data security protection strategy in every organisation. Organizations rely on their backup and recovery practices to protect their critical application, databases, and server located across cloud, physical and hybrid datacenters from both cybersecurity and physical data security threats.
A backup or data backup is a copy or replica of data located on endpoints or servers taken and stored elsewhere so that it may be used to restore the original after a data loss event.
Hardware or software failures, data corruption, or a human-initiated incident such as a hostile assault (virus or ransomware malware) or data deletion by accident can all result in primary data failures.
Losing a big part of your company data and files seems worst, but not having a backup Disaster recovery plan is extremely dangerous. Bigger organizations have a bigger risk of systems being targeted through ransomware and other advanced malware by threat actors to gain access to your crown jewels.
Always make sure you have backup for your critical applications, databases and files, so you don’t get affected by malware and you have smooth functioning of your system without any problem.
Always be updated to the latest Technology as there are new malwares and variants targeting users and organisations everyday. Keep your system at minimum risk so you don’t have to worry about your data security or information getting hacked or leaked.

Full Backup/ Complete BAckup

Types of Backup: Full Backup
It occurs when every single file and folder in the system is backed up, as the name indicates. Complete backups take longer and take up more space than other backup kinds, but the process of recovering lost data from backup is significantly faster.

Differential Backup

Types of Backup - Differential Backup
It works in the same way as incremental backup. The initial backup is complete in both cases, and subsequent backups only save changes to files since the last backup. However, while this form of backup takes more storage space than an incremental backup, it also provides for a speedier recovery time.

Incremental Backup

Types of Backup - Incremental Backup
Only the first backup is a full backup, and subsequent backups are incremental. Following backups simply keep track of changes made since the last backup. The procedure of recovering lost data from backup takes longer, but backup takes significantly less time.
Today with robust backup storage systems and hardware outages don’t happen often, but do happen so cloud backup is a preferred choice given the cost effective option available on multiple public clouds.
You can choose different kinds of backup depending on the organisation’s needs. Every backup is unique and impacts both the length of backup and length of recovery.
When you create a backup, you generally create backup for everything. But it isn’t the full backup we always need in an organization. More important is classification of the critical data, and what form it is in, is it structured or unstructured, and where is it located. This helps in avoiding over provisioning of storage resources so that you don’t backup something that is not critical to the organisation, eg: mp3 files, personal pictures / details of employees etc.
Always schedule your backup. Your backup should be automated and orchestrated to run on a schedule. You should not backup when you remember it manually, backup should run on a frequent schedule which should be enough for you to capture data that changes often to that data which changes rarely.
Backup has to be scheduled according to your need, daily, weekly or monthly aligned to your Recovery Point Objective (RPO) & Recovery Time Objective (RTO).
Your backup could be unique to every system. You should look forward to data growth and growing your cloud backup with it too. Your backup system should be easily scalable, meaning it should be able to handle huge amounts of data.
Backup solutions should be accessible whenever you need it, be sure your backup is safe from tampering which is vital to protect your business.
RTO Recovery Time Objective refers to the objective of time that may pass during a disruption before it exceeds maximum allowable threshold specified in the business plan.
RPO Recovery Point Objective is the duration of time and services which a business process must be stored after a disaster
Know All Edge provides Data Backup & Availability solutions to customers of all sizes, with its rich experience in this domain we have helped our customers address backup and recovery challenges in large complex environments to give our customers assurance and peace of mind when it comes to protecting their critical data and applications.
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