Backup Disaster Recovery (BDR): Must have or Nice to have?

For many industries, regulatory mandates make Backup Disaster Recovery a "must-have" rather than a "nice-to-have."

For many industries, regulatory mandates make Backup Disaster Recovery a “must-have” rather than a “nice-to-have.”

In today’s world of natural and manmade disasters and the increased level of cyber-attacks, informed business owners lean toward the “must have” side of the argument for data backup and choose to protect his or her business’s data. For some businesses; however, regulatory mandates make Backup Disaster Recovery (BDR) a “must do” as part of its required Business Continuity Planning or Business Resumption Planning (BRP). Regardless of whether or not there is in place a mandate for your business to have – and periodically test – its BRP, the BDR process is a major component of that plan. In many cases, ironically, one of the least expensive components of a BRP is data recovery, yet nearly 30% of businesses surveyed in 2014 by Continuity Central reported they did not use a BDR process. Whether your business is large, medium or small, you have to ask yourself one thing, “Would it be easier and quicker to resume business as usual if I could recover my data or start from scratch?” If you don’t want to find out, perhaps you’re a candidate for implementing a BDR process. BDR processes have existed for decades. Gone – or fading rapidly – are the days when a business would use tapes to back up their data and ship them daily to offsite storage. Today, much of data backup resides on external drives, the Cloud and servers located offsite and easily retrieved without a visit to the offsite storage facility. Should the thought of setting up a BDR process bring images of servers, external drives or tedious tasks to mind, rest assured that data backup and recovery have come a long way in simplicity and convenience. SystemsNet can assist you in meeting your Backup Disaster Recovery needs when you contact us for a free consultation.