3 Steps for Effective Data Backup and Recovery

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Storagepipe Shares Data Protection Insights on World Backup Day 2022

Events around the world over the past few years have highlighted the importance of preparing a backup plan for all of your critical business operations – customer-facing, backend technical, and organizational alike. Naturally, disaster recovery planning with comprehensive data backup, testing, and implementation should be at the top of the priority list given the positive impact on all three areas.

When done right, reliable disaster recovery planning and data backup services help businesses to retain and repair their reputation in the midst of a crisis. Businesses utilizing service providers can also tap into domain expertise and practical hands-on support to provide clear roles and direction to employees, partners and vendors in the event of an emergency.

When done poorly, recovery during a disaster can be challenging and leave an organization reeling with significant consequences and without a clear path out of the mess.

Here are our top 3 steps to ensuring effective data backup and recovery:

Step 1: Empower Your Workforce and Protect Your Cloud Data

Given the continuing prevalence and necessity of remote work into 2022 and likely beyond, providing flexible and protected collaboration and communication applications like Microsoft Office 365 is critical to the viability of many organizations. Enabling secure remote access to Teams, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and OneDrive for Business will protect your business functions and ensure that entry points are inaccessible to external intruders.

User-generated data must also be synced and backed up at regular intervals. Protect application data and your business against user error and insider threats, malware and ransomware, and unexpected downtime with Storagepipe’s Microsoft 365 Cloud to Cloud Backup.

This service securely connects to your Microsoft 365 tenant and captures all the changes to ensure rapid and automated protection across your critical Microsoft 365 apps for continued accessibility and reliability.

Explore Storagepipe’s Endpoint Protection solution for details on how to also securely protect remote workers’ devices and their data with Managed Anti-Virus and Endpoint Backup services.

Step 2: Enable a Multi-Layered Data Loss Prevention Strategy

There are many proactive data protection options for businesses to choose from, and oftentimes a multi-layered approach works best. While it takes time and effort to configure, monitor, patch and upgrade systems and applications, as with most situations in life, it’s less costly to prevent a data loss problem than to attempt to cure it.

Experienced service providers can alleviate the day-to-day burden on your IT resources and provide you with an additional line of defense by ensuring your systems are always up to date through regular server monitoring and management. You may also be able to take advantage of services to help with patching, updates and testing, and cool-headed emergency response.

Reliable Backup and Recovery enables businesses to meet their Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) and is an absolute must for any DR response. Many companies happily optimize their resources and slim down their operating expenses by utilizing Backup as a Service (BaaS) to extend their on-premise backups to the cloud. Backup and Replication with Veeam Cloud Connect plus Cloud to Cloud Backup enables you to seamlessly protect your data across VMware, Hyper-V and your critical SaaS applications such as Salesforce, Microsoft 365 and G Suite. And if you are already using the public cloud, make sure to enable cloud mobility as well as safeguard your AWS, Azure, and IBM Cloud data with Public Cloud Backup.

Are you a Veeam or IBM user? We have specialized options for both platforms!

How strong is your safety net? Download our Ransomware and Disaster Recovery Insights for Hybrid IT Environments report to discover the concerns, predictions and challenges of engineering, security, IT and operations leaders in hybrid IT environments. 

Step #3: Take Advantage of World Backup Day to Assemble Your Team and Disaster Recovery Plan

Regardless of internal user error, ransomware attacks, or when a natural disaster strikes, ensure your business continuity by meeting your operational demands while protecting and recovering your most valuable asset – your data

No matter the size, location, or industry, organizations need to take the time to put together a well-thought-out and practical strategy for implementing DR best practices and scheduled maintenance. Organizations should have an easy-to-understand step-by-step guide on what to do in a data emergency so that employees, partners and vendors understand their roles, responsibilities and the resources available to them before, during and after crisis strikes.

This critical operations and management strategy is also known as a Disaster Recovery Plan. Storagepipe has put together a template to guide you through the process and information that you need to gather, assess, and build upon for effective data Backup and Disaster Recovery. Download your copy of our DR Plan Template here!

Involving key stakeholders in your DR Plan creation can help to ensure that the information is thorough and clear to those that rely on it the most. World Backup Day is the perfect opportunity to raise the importance of having a DR Plan, or if one is already in place, to review, update and conduct a run-through using its instructions as your guide.

As a part of the DR Plan run-through, test your systems and assess if you are meeting your company’s recovery goals. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) enables businesses to meet their Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) on budget and on time, with offerings such as High Availability Replication and DRaaS for multi-platform systems, and Warm Site and DRaaS for virtual machines such as VMWare, Hyper-V and Nutanix. Specialized options are also available with Veeam Replication and DRaaS and IBM Replication and DRaaS.

Not sure what’s the best fit for you? Ask our Backup and DR Heroes today!


Storagepipe to the Rescue

Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Heroes

Storagepipe is a trusted global DRaaS provider of comprehensive Cloud, Data Protection and Cybersecurity services and can help to provide guidance as you work through your SMB or enterprise DR planning process.

Since 2001, Storagepipe has provided these robust and secure Managed Cloud and Disaster Recovery solutions from a scalable multi-tenant infrastructure, supported by our first-class in-house technical team. Storagepipe delivers highly flexible and responsive solutions with outstanding value and service, using state-of-the-art technology to offer ultimate protection and peace of mind.

We are driven to be your trusted partner and to ensure that we deliver a Storagepipe Experience that meets your business requirements with the reliability, scalability and support that your business demands.

Questions? Ask Our Experts!

Industry 4.0 – Backup and Disaster Recovery

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After lagging behind other sectors for decades, many asset-intensive industries are set to undergo a long overdue digital transformation. Billed as “Industry 4.0”, the shift is being driven by the adoption of big data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud. The use of data to transform almost every aspect of industrial processes holds huge promise for increasing productivity, safety and efficiency. But it also creates a huge risk around the loss of data and will require these businesses to think very differently about industry data Backup and Disaster Recovery (DR) services.

Evolving Data Protection Across Industries

While the computer revolution initially transformed sectors as diverse as finance, entertainment, advertising and e-commerce, there are many others that remained relatively unchanged. Industries such as manufacturing, mining, logistics, energy, and transportation rely heavily on physical assets rather than digital processes. They have typically adopted information technologies (IT) only for administration and communications, while their basic operations remained undigitized.

As progress has marched forward, these industries are now beginning to join the digital transformation movement. Two of the biggest shifts leading to the adoption of digital operations technology (OT) are IoT and AI/machine learning. IoT sensors are enabling many physical processes to finally be digitally measured. Heavy machinery performance, physical asset movements and environmental conditions can now be carefully monitored using IoT sensors, which generate data streams continuously throughout the day.

AI machine learning analytics are then used to process this enormous amount of data to isolate patterns and draw insights on everything from when to plan maintenance, to optimizing end-to-end workflows and sensing environmental hazards. The digital data and machine learning insights can then enable the automation of extremely complex processes. Using digital twins technology, it is possible to model most physical processes using machine learning to continuously tweak operations, improve safety and find better ways to do things.

Machine learning typically relies on access to very large amounts of historical data in order to create algorithms that model the physical process. Whereas typically, logged data of this kind has traditionally been very low in terms of priority, it now becomes much more important, and thus may need to be given different priority in your backup and recovery plans. The AI machine learning programs must continuously go through the data source searching for patterns, even as new data is added. Models are continuously in a state of development and evaluation. They are constantly rebuilt as new data is added, and the model is refined. This closed loop repeats continuously.

This puts much greater emphasis on efficient and secure data storage strategies, including data backup (BaaS) and disaster recovery (DRaaS) to ensure that your systems have access to the right data at the right time. Especially at the beginning of the process during the training of the AI, it is difficult to determine what kinds of data need to be stored, since often the most relevant insights can be drawn from the sort of data that a human operator would simply disregard. As the AI model matures, certain workloads will become more important and will move from long-term, slower storage to very fast storage. AI “training processes” can access terabytes of storage per hour, putting extreme pressure on storage throughput.

Specialized Industry Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Services

For many businesses this hyper reliance on data is new territory, and it is important for them to engage a company that can provide expertise on how best to manage, protect and recover their data. One very good option is to choose a partner that provides Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). This offers a practical solution for companies of all sizes, and especially those with limited IT personnel resources and capital to handle unpredictable disaster and emergency events. Leveraging specialized DR services enables businesses to focus their OT teams on core business needs while providing stand-by supportive resources when they need a helping hand the most.

It is important to plan carefully for what gets recovered and in what order because the AI data stores can be so large. This requires careful analysis of the criticality of your operations and systems, and the necessary order in which data needs to be recovered. Working closely with your DRaaS provider, you can create playbooks for exactly how to respond to different disaster scenarios, test them and then train your personnel to follow them.

A good DRaaS partner will also have extensive experience in helping companies recover from many different kinds of disasters including cybersecurity events, which are a new kind of threat for an asset-intensive industry as IoT introduces new avenues for attack along with enhanced connectivity.

As we embrace autonomous technologies built around IoT, AI and machine-learning, we are unleashing tremendous productive potential — all based on data. We are also setting ourselves up for serious difficulties if the data is lost. A good DRaaS partner can help you to navigate and survive events of this nature and ensure that your business thrives in its new data-driven model and is not crippled by the loss of it.

Need a framework to get started? Check out our free DRaaS Plan Template.

Have questions around Data Backup and Disaster Recovery? Ask our experts today!

Storagepipe to the Rescue

Your Industry Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Heroes

Storagepipe is a trusted global DRaaS provider of comprehensive Cloud, Data Protection and Cybersecurity services and can help to provide guidance as you work through your SMB or enterprise DR planning process.

Since 2001, Storagepipe has provided these robust and secure Managed Cloud and Disaster Recovery solutions from a scalable multi-tenant infrastructure, supported by our first-class in-house technical team. Storagepipe delivers highly flexible and responsive solutions with outstanding value and service, using state-of-the-art technology to offer ultimate protection and peace of mind. Storagepipe is an accredited Microsoft Office Level 1 backup and DRaaS provider.

We are driven to be your trusted industry data backup and DR partner and to ensure that we deliver a Storagepipe Experience that meets your business requirements with the reliability, scalability and support that your business demands.

Contact us today to discover your options around data loss prevention solutions and rapid ransomware recovery with services such as Cloud to Cloud Backup for Microsoft 365 and Storagepipe DR services. Regardless of internal user error, ransomware attacks, or when a disaster strikes, ensure your business continuity by meeting your operational demands while protecting and recovering your most valuable asset – your data.

Questions? Ask Our Experts!

Business Continuity and High-Availability

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When Storagepipe first launched in 2001, the company exclusively offered online backup (at that time called “managed backup”) services to help businesses meet their business continuity requirements.

In response to customer demand, Storagepipe has since expanded its services portfolio to include new, forward-looking cloud services that solve next-generation data protection problems. Some of these new services include things such as synchronization, data archiving, business continuity, high-availability and disaster recovery services.

In this interview with the Startup Success podcast, we discuss the specifics of our high-availability and business continuity services, and why these types of services solve important emerging problems for today’s SMBs.

Storagepipe takes best-of-breed enterprise business continuity solutions, and makes them available in an as-a-Service model. Without Storagepipe, these services would be inaccessible to SMBs because of this high cost and significant capital investment required for hardware, software and services.

Accessible Business Continuity for SMBs

With Storagepipe, everything is bundled together in a cost-effective way, and customers only pay for what they need. It’s another way that Storagepipe provides SMB technology buyers with the same level of VIP service that’s normally only offered to large enterprises.

With Storagepipe’s high-availability service, client systems are replicated to Storagepipe’s datacenter, and the client’s primary datacenter is monitored for health. In the event that the client’s primary datacenter goes down or becomes unavailable, operations can immediately switch over to Storagepipe’s datacenter. Storagepipe’s mirrored copies of the client’s servers will act as temporary emergency failover systems until the primary systems can be repaired and brought back into availability.

Large companies already operate redundant datacenters for business continuity and high availability purposes. However, small businesses with the same availability requirements simply could not afford this kind of backup and redundancy to maintain uptime for their own equally critical business systems and disaster recovery capabilities.

Storagepipe helps empower small businesses by providing them with these same capabilities, in a way that’s much more accessible.

To hear more about our high-availability and business continuity services, see this video.