What are backup and disaster recovery policies?

Even the best configured system may fail. A disaster may strike unexpectedly and without warning. The consequences, however, can be mitigated with the right backup policy to prevent data loss and ensure continued access.

The benefit of Disaster Recovery is that it enables automatic and quick restoration of your service in the event of unforeseen events, such as employee errors, server issues, attacks by hackers or natural disasters.

Protect your businesses from threats with Backup and Disaster Recovery policies.

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  1. First, we will analyse the data being stored in the services. We will identify the resources which require a backup (based on a list of resources specified in the account overview). We will also define recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO) for the identified data.
  2. The next step is to create a backup policy. Based on the resource type, RTO and RPO, we will define a backup method, backup medium, backup schedule and retention.
  3. After that, we will start the backups. We will implement the policy as scripts and verify whether they are executed properly.
  4. We will also test data restoration. Since our task is to ensure issue-free services, we will test data restoration in an isolated environment and verify whether the recovered services function properly.
  5. The final step is to create a Disaster Recovery policy. To meet the RTO, for every specified resource we will describe how it is automatically restored. We will also schedule the frequency of the test recovery of data and services.

Backup options

Depending on the scope of the data being copied, there are four backup options, each with its own advantages.

  1. Full backup
    We will create a complete backup copy of your environment. In the event of a malfunction, all data will be restored. You do not need another data medium. Your environment will be restored 1:1. Also, all data is in one place for a quicker recovery.
  2. Differential backup
    First, we create a full backup. Then, we only back up the data which has been altered since the last full backup. One advantage of the differential backup is that it is quick. Data is restored faster than with an incremental backup.
  3. Incremental backup
    We back up only the data which has been altered since a full or incremental backup. With the incremental backup, data is restored quickly after a malfunction, the created backup can be run frequently and it takes up less disk space.
  4. Synthetic backup
    With this option, we focus on a data backup based on the current system status. To put it simply, it is a full backup based on other most recent backups. This leads to more efficient space management, low network load as well as high backup and recovery speeds.

We can offer the best solution for your specific services, but you have decide which is the right one for you.

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