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Backup your data Onsite and Offsite

Regular backup operations are very crucial for running even the smallest of businesses. This can save the company database systems and operations from crashing in the event of a sudden failure. The following are the means to ensure proper backup of your data, Onsite and Offsite

Backing up your data offsite:
Backup of data is a wise step provided the data that is backed up is also retained safely. If there is damage to the backup data on account of the total destruction of the very building where all the data is stored, the exercise of having taken back-up becomes futile. Therefore it is necessary to store the data in a location which is not the same as the location of the business where the original data is available.

Encrypting your data:
Nowadays laptops and portable media are under the threat of theft, penetration or hacking, which is common. In such a case, sensitive data can pass into the wrong hands. This can be easily prevented by encrypting the data when not in use. There are several options in this regard and most of the options are free.

Devising effective disaster Recovery Solutions

Natural and manmade disasters do hit us in the form of hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, floods, criminal and terrorist acts, without any forewarning. Even human errors can severely damage an organisationís computing resources, and thus the health of the organisation itself.

Several companies, including online E-commerce retailers, E-commerce wholesalers, banks, airlines and ISPs, for instance, are impaired by losing even just a few hours of computing. This is why organisations need to develop disaster recovery procedures and formalise them in a well-charted disaster recovery plan.

The disaster recovery plan specifies the employees as well as their duties, who will participate in disaster recovery, besides indicating the hardware, software and facilities to be used, in addition to the precedence of applications to be processed. Arrangements with other companies for the use of alternative facilities as a disaster recovery site and offsite storage of an organisationís databases are also part of an effective disaster recovery effort.

After an incident or loss of data, infrastructure managers often need to rebuild parts of the infrastructure through disaster recovery methodologies.

Importance of maintaining Backup Files

A variety of security measures are commonly used to protect E-business systems and networks. These may embrace hardware as well as software tools, such as fault-tolerant computers, in addition to security monitors and also include security policies and procedures like passwords along with online backup or data backup files. All of them are part of an integrated security management effort at many inter-networked E-business enterprises today.

Data backup or online backup files refer to duplicate files of data (or programmes), which are considered an important security measure. Files can also be protected by file retention measures that involve storing copies of files from previous periods.

If the current files are destroyed, the data backup files can be used to reconstruct new current files. At times, different generations of files are restored for control purposes. Thus, master files from recent periods of processing (known as child, parent, grandparent files, etc.) may be kept for data backup or online backup purposes.

Such files may be stored off-premises, or at a location away from a companyís data centre, sometimes in special storage vaults in remote locations.

A closer look at Downtime Issues

Downtime Issues can be a major problem in the smooth functioning of a business house. It will be wise to spot and understand it at the right time and take into account its grave ramifications.

Most companies do not realise that disaster management is an important component of running a business, as things can go very wrong at anytime, without any impending warning signals. On account of any failure to act in time on the part of the company executives, the business can take a serious beating causing unnecessary losses, which could have been preventable.

As a simple practical example, power outages can be a problem that can cause irreparable damage to the database of the company. However, all too often, companies do not foresee such problems and fail to identify them as a major source of disaster and thus suffer. It is important to foresee disasters and act before they occur so as to prevent them.

There can be many sources of downtime issues, ready to cause damage. But the threat can be minimised if adequate precautionary measures are taken.

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