3-2-1 Backup and Recover

Viruses, ransomware, tornados, and all other natural disasters: what do they all have in common?  They are all seeking and have great potential to destroy all of your company’s data.  There is a way to be the hero of your company and save the day in the wake of disaster and that’s through backups.

Webster’s dictionary defines a back up as “one that serves as a substitute or support; ‘a backup plan.’”  In any business continuity plan, it is imperative to have a contingency plan and the most sufficient form of this is a backup plan.

Not having a backup of your system can be equated to owning a house, but not having homeowner’s insurance.  Without the homeowner’s insurance, you are left with nothing if your home is destroyed.  With the policy, you would have a contingency to losing your home, and reimbursement to rebuild your home.  A backup works in the same fashion.  If your system crashes for any number of reasons such as a virus, natural disaster, etcetera, all your data will be lost and unrecoverable without a backup plan.  With a backup in place, you can sleep easy knowing that if anything happens to your system, you are covered.

There is more to it than simply having an external hard drive and moving files over, however.  The best practice recommended is to use the 3-2-1 backup rule.  The 3-2-1 backup rule is as follows:

  • 3-keep at least three copies of your data
  • 2-keep the backup data on two different types of storage
  • 1-keep at least one copy off-site.

In the end, not only is it imperative to have a backup system in place, it is important to have the correct system in place.  Reach out to us at Fortitude Technology to discuss how we can keep you in business with our backup tools and solutions.