Data Backup & Recovery

For most businesses, Data availability is essential to successful operation.  To maintain Data availability, it is essential to have robust policies and procedures in place to replicate your critical data, and be certain that you can recover that data if your primary data source be disrupted for any reason.
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Data Backup & Recovery Articles

ISO 27001: What is it and why is it so popular?

ISO 27001 is the International Standard for Information Security and is one of the most popular process-based standards. In this article, Lisa Dargan, Business Development Director at Ultima Risk Management (URM) provides a summary of its purpose, value and why it has been updated.   What is the Purpose of ISO 27001? ISO 27001 provides…


Not – Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

Migrating your data to the Cloud can have a significant positive impact on the Resilience of your business, although as Martin Collins of Ultima Business Solutions writes, you do need to select your vendor carefully: The growth in the number of distributed workforces and the need for increased resilience is driving the need for computing…


Identifying threats to your business

Thanks to Travelers insurance in the USA for this simple but effective guide to Identifying threats to your business. Travelers Insurance Guide to Identifying threats to your business It is always great to see large insurance companies (with extensive marketing budgets) take an active role in promoting Business Continuity.  Yes they have a vested interest…


Lost Your Data? – Maybe not

So the worst has happened, you have lost your data or device and it isn’t backed up or your back up has failed – what next? Don’t worry, all is not necessarily lost. Take a look at this video of what our colleagues at Kroll Ontrack, the Data Recovery experts can do: Or for an…


Data Backup & Recovery FAQs

How do we know what data to backup?

The starting point point for most businesses should be to backup all data. It is good practice to understand where your critical data is stored.  For example if you operate a server based infrastructure, you may not need to worry about backing up individual PC’s.  If you operate a cloud based infrastructure then backup should be managed by your cloud provider (it is always best to check there arrangements)

What are the different ways to backup data?

There are so many ways to backup data, but essentially regardless of the method chosen, backup involves writing a copy of the data to another computer or media device. At the low end of the range this could involve backup to a thumb drive or DVD and at the top end data can be replicated or mirrored in real time across a Wide Area Network. The method(s) chosen will depend on your resilience requirements, budget and technology. Please Contact Us to discuss your needs in more detail.

How do I know my backed up data will work when I reinstall it?

The only definitive way to check if your backed up data will reinstall or restore is to test it. The test will make sure the media can be accessed and the restored data is complete. If your data is stored in the Cloud it is still vitally important to test the service, or ask your vendor to conduct a test for you.

How frequently should I backup my data?

Frequency of backup will normally depend on the criticality/value of the data you are creating and the budget you have available.  Many modern data backup services can be scheduled to check for new data on a regular basis without intruding significantly on operating speeds.

Is it possible to recover data from a corrupted or burnt hard drive?

It is often possible to recover data from extensively damaged hard drives. To illustrate the process please take a look at our Lost your Data? – Maybe not article.  It is important to note that a % of data may well be lost so this is not a recommended alternative to taking regular backups to an external device.