The fact of the matter is every data backup solution will one day become outdated. And when it does and you do not seek to upgrade, you are essentially putting your organisation’s and customer’s data at risk using an outdated system. But if your backup and disaster recovery strategy has not failed you so far, how are you expected to know when it is necessary to upgrade and start considering your future strategies? Unfortunately, this is an extremely common issue that organisations face, and this is why we have created a list of the 5 signs that you need to be watching for in regards to a backup systems upgrade.
Sign #1: Lack of confidence in tackling threats
Do you feel 100% secure in the knowledge that if push came to shove then your system would be able to protect you from external threats and be able to back up all your data quickly and safely? Every backup and disaster recovery strategy should consider the Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and the Recovery Time Objective (RTO) which factor in the specific amount of time in which your critical applications need to be recovered. This is quite an obvious sign but if you do not believe that your current system will protect you fast enough then you have to look into upgrading as soon as possible as you can never predict when an attack will hit or something will go wrong.
Sign #2: Do you have cloud-based support?
You may be sick to death about being asked whether or not you are in the cloud, but I am going to ask you again- are you in the cloud? Thankfully we can now bypass the argument of ‘is my data safe in the cloud’ because we know it is. The real question is are you relying on a data backup and disaster recovery solution that does not have cloud capabilities? If the answer is no then well done. But if the answer is yes then you must reconsider.
Your upgrade must be able to support backup across both a physical and cloud infrastructure as it increases the strength of your backup strategy, without loading extra work onto your employees. The future is cloud networks, therefore you would be severely limiting your future options and needs if you do not actively seek to include cloud into your arsenal.
Sign #3: A high amount of human intervention is demanded
Automation is absolutely key to the success of your data backup and disaster recovery solution. There is far too much human error at stake when employees are manually having to manage the system and all of its updates. You must admit that your employees have more vital projects to be carrying on with rather than babysitting your backup and recovery solution. Upgrading your system to ensure every process is automated and it manages itself seamlessly will increase the productivity of your employees and will be more reliable in comparison to manual efforts.
Sign #4: It takes forever to backup
How long does the backup process take? Does it feel like forever? If so, then it is probably time to upgrade to a faster and more efficient system that cuts the time in half. Advancements in backup and disaster recovery has provided us with quicker turnaround times and means you don’t have to wait overnight for your organisation’s data to be secured.
Your backup solution should be working away in the background undetected and should not be eating up all of your network bandwidth and processing power or impacting any of your current applications. Legacy backup solutions are slow and all-consuming so you need to stop letting them limit your organisation’s performance and resources.
Sign #5: Have you considered end-point protection?
With the increase of flexible hours and workers becoming more mobile, end-point protection is beyond imperative. If your backup solution does not cover portable devices and files then every time an employee works away from the office they are putting your data at risk. To increase your user’s productivity and security you must upgrade your strategy to secure your all your end-users.
We hope that you take these 5 signs into consideration when you are looking at your backup and disaster recovery strategy and really start to think about where you could be looking to improve upon. At Backup Systems we recommend reviewing at least once a year to mitigate financial loss and external threats to your organisation.
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