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Are your data backups reliable?

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 9/20/21 3:56 PM

One of the biggest nightmares for any business owner is downtime, as it results in a significant loss in productivity which translates directly to lost revenue. There are several scenarios in which businesses can experience downtime and as a result need to rely on your data backup solution to restore your operations.

  • Ransomware attack or other cybersecurity incident whereas the criminals encrypt your business data
  • Natural disaster like the recent storms that devastated much of the Greater Philadelphia Region
  • Buggy software updates that cause slowness or other technical issues on your network

Most businesses adopt cloud solutions to mitigate downtime, increase IT stability, and gain access the remote work capabilities.

Moving key workloads and applications to Microsoft Azure offers a key benefit -- it increases resiliency and is an important piece of your business’s data backup and disaster recovery plans. Microsoft Azure is built to keep your critical applications online, even in the face of a disaster.

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Topics: disaster recovery plan, Data backup, Business Continuity, secure cloud advantage, cloud migration, benefits of azure, cloud backups, Azure backup solution

Is Your Company Data Ready For An IT Disaster Recovery Test?

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 11/24/13 11:30 AM

Unfortunately, many companies that experience an IT “data loss event” also discover, at this critical time, that their backed-up data is corrupted and not restorable.  The fact is that data can become corrupted during the back-up process.  Therefore, most managed service IT providers offering back-up solutions for clients will perform data integrity checks at the time IT data is sent off site.  Though this is a good practice, and can provide a level of comfort for businesses, the truth is that data can also become corrupted over time while residing on spinning disk drives at an off-site location.  This type of occurrence, known in the industry as “silent data corruption,” is literally caused by the rotting of the storage media where the data is housed.  So even though businesses may feel they are “good” with their data backup, that actually may not be the case.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, IT Backups, IT Data Disaster, IT Best Practice, backup plan, disaster recovery plan

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