In today’s information-centric world, disruptions to the business flow of information can be overwhelming. In rare situations such as natural or man-made disaster, political turmoil or criminal action, or various failures in Information Technology (IT) operations. This document describes three (3) plans that an organization’s Technology Support Services center may raise in response to the partial or complete loss of infrastructure elements that could impact the company from performing their business operations and delivering services to customers.
Data Backup Planning
An effective Data Backup Plan can help organizations “reduce the risks associated with critical and proprietary data loss while helping to reduce complexity, manage costs and address compliance with regulatory data retention requirements” (Barnier, 2008). No matter how diligent computer users are when it comes to organizing, saving, and versioning their files, unexpected data loss can happen at any time. Part of the responsibility of the organization is to back up their critical data. Backing up critical and proprietary business files eliminates the risk of losing important data and potentially harming client relationships or team productivity. Backing up data is a way to preserve an organization’s intellectual capital. Creating Data Backup is a process for copying or cloning the data onto another storage destination, eliminating the risk of losing data in case of computer damage, hard drive failure, or theft.
The data backup plan must include the protection of organization’s data from failures and other errors by storing the backup, archive, space management and bare-metal restore data, as well as compliance and disaster-recovery data, in a hierarchy of offline storage. Part of the plan must include storing data away from the computer and enabling the Technology Support Services personnel to recover from potential computer problems when necessary. Another data backup plan that must be is considered is by having a computer crash plan. The can provide automatic and continuous data protection, preserves every version of every file forever, and enables to restore data to any computer.
Companies can also examine the benefits of a cloud-based data backup which is another good data backup option because it helps provide a secure, unlimited storage space for users using different computer operating system and platform. Just like a cloud-based online-data backup strategy, using a Web-based management strategy is an intelligent data move-and-store technique and exposes comprehensive policy-based automation working together to help increase data protection and potentially decrease time and administration costs. An additional technique to help decrease the rate of storage capacity required to contain data growth by operating on a progressive incremental methodology that backs up only new or changed versions of files, thereby greatly reducing data redundancy, network bandwidth, and storage pool consumption as compared to traditional methodologies based on periodic full backups. To work in concert with storage hardware to exploit other data-reduction techniques such as block-level continuous data protection, data deduplication, sub-file backup, client compression and device compression, so companies can back up fewer data and can save time, space and money