Data is said to be the most crucial aspect for any company, more than anything else in today’s business landscape. This has given rise to the development of Big Data Management Modules.
The loss of crucial and sensitive business data can cost your company big bucks thanks to the new GDPR. So why take the risk by not implementing appropriate backup and recovery plans in your IT solutions?
This article is all set to clarify your doubts with Backups and its related terms. Backup has many relative parameters that are needed to be taken into consideration such as mirroring, replication, CDP, snapshots etc. Although all of these terms might mean the same to you, but they have some distinguishing features when it comes to IT security and all of them are necessary to protect your business data.
Having a proper IT solution implemented in your company can be expensive. If you are falling short on the money, you can always opt for a business loan offered by alternative finance lenders and banks. But it is a must to have appropriate backup and recovery plans implemented before sensitive data is compromised.
Here is a list of ways in which you can successfully backup your servers and never have to worry about losing your important data:
One way to store and protect your data is by implementing RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks).
What does it mean?
Basically, RAID is a virtualisation technology for storing data. Technically speaking, RAID has variety of levels called as RAID levels and depending on the method of the storage RAID levels are decided. ‘For example: RAID0, RAID1, etc.
For simpler understanding of RAID, read on.
If your service provider is using RAID technology, your data will be stripped, meaning, sequential data will be segmented and individual segments will then be stored at different physical locations. The logic used for choosing the correct storage location is decided by the level of RAID technology used.
So what exactly is the benefit of using RAID technology?
Data redundancy and performance progress are two major benefits of RAID.
On the other hand, CDP and Backups are somewhat similar. CDP (Continuous Data Protection) is nothing but Real-CDP. Another type is the Near-CDP; it is what we call Snapshots. CDP is mainly useful for enterprise level businesses. Big enterprises have huge amount of data to handle and with huge amount of data comes the need for its protection.
CDP is like we said, real time backup of data. Here the data is replicated from the source to destination every time there are any minor changes made it. Many companies use R1soft tool for CDP.
Backup is one of the vastly used traditional backup processes. In this process, the data in the primary location is stored in the secondary location on a continuous basis. This continuous replication of data happens after every specific time period. This time can vary from hours, daily, weekly or on monthly basis.
Backup comes to rescue in times of logical corruption, manual errors, hardware failure or damage to the system.
Another concept that is related to backing up severs is mirroring. In mirroring, there is a continuous data transfer between the main and the standby server. In case the main server faces downtime or failure, standby sever is automatically in charge.
Mirroring is the concept of accurately coping data from the primary severs to the standby server. The standby server is a mirror image of the primary server. Redundancy is the basic objective of why such a service is proposed.
Replication is the concept where the data is replicated from a local centralised server to a primary or a main server. This concept is usually implemented in huge data centres.
If the company is geographically dispersed, then the data is collected from all the local servers and is replicated to the main sever located in a centralised data centre. But you have to remember, replication also replicates errors (a major disadvantage of replication). In case there is corruption in any of the local servers, it wipes out data on both the servers (the local servers as well as the main sever).
To measure the continuous progress of your company, it is essential to have a strong data protection strategy. A business can also use combination of all the above mentioned strategies to protect their data. Moreover, combination all these strategies create a good solution and are also difficult to break.
Failing to implement strong data protection strategy can result in failure of business continuity and may prove disastrous for your brand reputation.