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Backup and Disaster Recovery

Data loss and physical damage to IT infrastructure can be devastating for the unprepared organisation. Backup and Disaster Recovery work hand-in-hand to keep your data safe and your business protected. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, Veeam Silver Pro Partner, and certified partner of Double Take and Symantec, Novo IT brings you the very latest in Backup and Disaster Recovery technology.

Backup

Backups make copies of your computer system's data to either tape or disk media, which are used to restore or recover lost data. Backup media should be located in a site physically removed from the systems being backed up. This ensures availability in the event of a disaster that causes damage to the original site.

File Level Backup

File Level Backup is the most commonly used method of basic backup software. File Level Backup software crawls the file system and makes a copy of each file and folder to a different destination. There are drawbacks to File Level Backup. If a large file is changed or modified between backup intervals, the entire file will be backed up again the next time it is noticed. This inflates the amount of storage needed to back up your entire file system.

Image Based Backup

Image Based Backups are full, hard drive images, comprising the block-by-block contents of a hard drive. In the event of a data disaster, an entire, company-wide data set is preserved, allowing a switch to new hardware and swift restore of all information. While Imaged Based Backups require larger storage capacity and the use of bandwidth to move these larger files to the cloud, if required, it also provides the most complete backup and the fastest restore.

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery is planning for business continuity in the event of disaster that damages or destroys an organisation's ICT infrastructure, data and physical space. A Disaster Recovery plan outlines the step-by-step execution of a disaster recovery strategy. This strategy is developed in accordance with specific business recovery requirements, using the following key metrics:

  • Recovery Time Objective (RTO) -  the targeted time a service and business process is restored following a disastrous event.
  • Recovery Point Objective (RPO) - the maximum time in which data might be lost due to a disaster event.
  • Maximum Allowable Outage (MAO) - the amount of time that a business can tolerate system outage, prior to enacting its Disaster Recovery Plan.

With today's heavy reliance on technology to conduct business, Backup and Data Recovery measures are mission critical to keep your data safe and protect your organisation from the effects of disaster.