Different Types of Eggs in Different Types of Baskets
A typical setup in smaller organizations is to have a singular backup solution in place to backup mission-critical data. This type of setup does tend to be cost-effective and protect core organizational data but has several flaws. For instance, is your singular backup method a full backup (image) or file-level? If you're running full backups only, what is your restoration plan? Full backups would require you to either restore the mission critical system in its entirety back to the state of the backup taken or bring in an additional endpoint to restore onto. If you're running file-level backups only, what is your restoration plan then? If the endpoint suffered a hardware failure or operating system corruption, are you going to spend time rebuilding that, reinstalling the applications, printers, etc. and then wait for the files to be downloaded again? In either case, is the backed up data stored on an external hard drive or tape drive on-premise or in the cloud? If on-premise what if the backup media gets damaged? And if in the cloud what if you're experiencing a severe network issue? This is why we want many different types of eggs in different types of baskets.
Recommended Backup Strategies
These recommendations are based on very common environments and recommendations for your environment may be different:
Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) is a relatively new backup strategy aimed for larger organizations who require maximum uptime and quick restoration times. DRaaS providers like Infrascale and Datto provide appliance devices that get physically installed in your environment. These appliances then take full backups of your servers and store them locally before also duplicating these backups to their cloud. Then in the event of a disaster like a ransomware attack, server hardware failure, operating system corruption, etc. the appliance can spin up a clone of the server in question in the same state as it was when backed up. As a result, this provides your organization access to mission-critical systems within minutes while IT steps in to begin the standard restoration process on the original host. At Kraken IT solutions we partner with Datto for smaller organizations and Infrascale for larger organizations.
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