BCDR: Better than backup and why your business needs it

Summary

  • Backup is just a copy of your data
  • BCDR is a full Business Continuity plan to recover from a Disaster
  • BCDR provides certainty, Backup often is just a false sense of security
  • Follow the 3-2-1-0 rule.

Enlightenment

When someone asks you “do you have a backup?”, usually what comes to most business-owners minds is one of 4 things:

  1. I don’t know
  2. Yeah we swap this USB thing when we remember too, that’s enough right?
  3. I think our IT partner has that covered (fingers crossed!)
  4. Yeah we’re in the cloud, so it’s someone else’s problem

These are the most common responses we hear when businesses contact us to review their circumstances, and there’s a pattern… They have no idea! And that is a massive risk to your business.

What is “a backup”?

Backup in its most basic sense is about having a duplicate of you data which sounds great in theory, but simplifying it to this level is dangerous.

Why?

Because it’s useless, and here’s some questions that highlight why:

  • How far back does your backup go, or are you just backing up and recovering corrupted data?
  • Have you confirmed you can recover from your backup?
  • Have you confirmed you’re backing up what’s required to successfully recover?
  • Does your backup account for hardware failure, and if so have you confirmed the logistics of replacing that hardware?
  • What happens if your office burns down?
  • How long (specifically) will it take for you to fully recover from a disaster and resume business?
  • What’s the Business Continuity process while you wait to recover?
  • What happens if your recovery fails?
  • Is your cloud provider actually responsible for backing up your data?
  • Is you backup actually working? Can you prove it?

There’s a lot more questions and scenarios we could share with you that would keep you awake at night, but we wont go there. What’s important though is the enlightening moment when people realise that they truly have no idea about their situation.

BCDR – Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Backup is not BCDR, and BCDR is not backup. They’re two separate concepts that instil two different realities. Backup on its own can be a false sense of security, whereas BCDR is certainty.

BCDR is a combination of processes, techniques and technology used to help certify that a business can and will recover from a disaster and resume routine business operations in the most efficient way possible.

Imagine being able to certify that your business could resume operations after a disaster in less than 1 hour!

Imagine having a plan; a set of pre-defined steps, stages and contacts that you can refer too during a disaster, reducing the risk of you making poor decisions and being able to resume your business quickly and with minimal impact.

That’s what BCDR provides, and that’s what all business should consider. Don’t believe us? Then let’s put it into a term we all appreciate… Cost!

What’s the cost of your business being down, calculate.

The best approach

All companies are unique both in how they use technology and their risk tolerance, so there is no silver bullet but there are some key principles that should be followed in all situations:

  1. Get all key people involved, otherwise you’ll miss something
  2. Remove people from backup, test and recovery operations as much as possible, automate what you can.
  3. Utilise appropriate, available technology
  4. Test recovery, and test often
  5. Follow the 3-2-1-0 rule: 3 copies of data, on 2 different media types, at least 1 copy offsite, 0 human interaction.
  6. Review often

At Coretechs we specialise in delivering the entire BCDR process to our clients, starting from determining what’s required to be included, through too planning, continual testing, documenting and implementing the BCDR solution.

Conclusion

Backup is boring, mundane and often useless if not taken seriously. BCDR while still boring, delivers real measurable business value that could save your business, and negate the need for you to pay a bitcoin ransom.

Give us a call, Coretechs IT: 1300 313 384