We’ve Got Your Back(up)
Backing up data is necessary for compliance, but mostly it’s an insurance policy for your business. The ability to quickly recover business-critical apps and data may mean the difference between a thriving business and a failing one. In the event of human error, a hardware failure, cybercrime or another data-loss event, backup and disaster recovery provide safety and security. Best practices outline the 3-2-1 rule of data protection:
Three copies of data
Stored on two different media
With one of those copies in the cloud
Without effective backup and disaster recovery planning, including plans for replacing critical hardware, full business restoration can take weeks – or months – depending on the severity of the disaster and the disruption to supply chains. Very few organizations can tolerate that kind of downtime.
With cloud-based backup and disaster recovery, a recovery time objective (RTO) threshold of seconds or minutes is attainable. (This, of course, excludes the time it would take to replace on-premises or end-user hardware.)
As for recovery point objectives (RPOs), most organizations historically standardized on daily backups — with some relying on snapshot replication to achieve something like a 2- or 4-hour RPO for critical applications. With cloud services for data protection and disaster recovery, a near-zero RPO is possible through continuous replication.
Don’t let unanticipated downtime cripple your business. Protecting against disasters and disruptions is possible; Structured can show you how.
Backup as a Service (BaaS) & Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)
BaaS and DRaaS are very attractive alternatives to on-premises options. Offloading data protection and disaster recovery to a firm that is globalized, specialized, highly secure, accredited and compliant with every regulatory framework under the sun provides a measure of protection against which few IT teams can (or even want to) compete.
These large service providers with powerful, redundant data centers in diverse locations natively integrate advanced security features into their platforms and meet industry and governmental regulations, including the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) STAR Certification, ISO 27001, SOC 2, ITIL, HIPAA, PCI-DSS, GDPR, and many more. This, in turn, allows you to more easily demonstrate regulatory adherence.
Take advantage of services to “air gap” critical files, preserving data integrity and immutability, and fully encrypted backups – while the data is in transport or at rest.
Finally, the best cloud services providers offer around-the-clock tech support and unlimited failover testing capabilities that don’t impede production resources.
Data Protection for Microsoft 365
Many organizations mistakenly believe that their Microsoft 365 data — emails, calendars, contacts, documents, and more — is backed up by Microsoft. It is not. Microsoft only guarantees uptime and availability for the Microsoft 365 platform. Data protection and retention is the responsibility of the customer.
Unexpected data loss – either by accident, oversight, or malicious activity — can have serious ramifications for eDiscovery and other compliance requirements, exposing an organization to significant, even crippling, penalty. With a cloud backup and disaster recovery solution that provides automatic daily backups, unlimited storage and retention, and multiple recovery options, Microsoft 365 data is protected.
Microsoft 365 backup is especially imperative to guard against malicious activity caused by disgruntled insiders (not just external actors) and data loss that could accidentally occur after a user’s account is deactivated.
Ask Structured to help you design and implement the best solution for protecting your Microsoft 365 applications and the data that is generated.