The promises of productivity in the cloud continue to ring true. Access to your data from anywhere, at any time, with the ability to collaborate in real-time, is truly revolutionary and is providing a competitive advantage for organizations in every industry. However, access from anywhere means that without sufficient protections, the wrong people can gain access to your data by easily hacking usernames and passwords.
Have you ever been responsible for moving your organization from one office space to another? If so, you know the burden of everything that needs to be thought of; from decor, to furniture, to kitchen space and, most importantly, technology. After all, technology is what keeps the business running, whether it's corresponding with your clients, maintaining your core business applications, or just ensuring monitors turn on the first morning after the big move.
Before defining Managed Services, let's have a little history lesson, shall we? In the dark ages (10 years ago), most IT providers operated like the repair department of your local car dealership - if the car broke down, you brought it to the local mechanic to fix. While the dealership would have loved for you to come in for regular services, most of us would get the oil change and then hope the clicking noise would go away on its own. Herein lies the problem. Waiting for something to break means downtime for your network and, more importantly, downtime for your business. No matter which way you look at IT, downtime doesn't work for anyone.
Backing up your critical data has (hopefully) been a part of your data protection strategy for some time. If you have a nice, shiny, and new backup system, then that's even better. But always remember, your backup and restore strategy should go hand-in-hand with your data protection strategy. Choosing which files to keep and which to archive is wholly important in allowing your business to succeed and thrive for the long-term. For that reason, here are some useful ideas to help you develop a reliable backup and restore strategy.