In today’s world most of the information we keep, either personally or professionally, can be found on a computer, server or other IT device. Although technology has brought incredible improvements to business processes, it is also subject to corruption, failure, viruses, theft and natural disaster events that can cause you or your company to lose valuable information.

The MidWest is currently recovering from a large storm that took down many small businesses.  Would your business have been prepared if this happened? If you answered “No”, “Maybe” or “I’m not sure” then it’s time to begin putting together a backup and disaster recovery plan.

There are many things you need to consider when putting together a backup and disaster recovery plan. To help get you started, we’ve listed the top 5 below.

  1. Backup Speed – Backups can be accomplished with tapes, hard disk drives, DVD burners and other such storage media. Backup speed, reliability and security vary depending on the type of storage media that is used. It is important to consider how fast you want to be able to backup and/or restore the lost data.
  2. Onsite or Offsite – Depending on the importance of your data, you may need to consider having an offsite storage location in case something tragic would happen to the building in which your computers reside. Consider offsite data storage centers or online backup strategies as part of your plan.
  3. Security How sensitive is the data you are backing up? Do you need encryption? If someone were to get access to your backup disks what would be the consequences?
  4. Ease of Use – There are a myriad of tools to help you backup your data. Depending on your backup media it may require more or less of your involvement after setup. Determine how much of your time involvement makes realistic sense.
  5. Are You Sure It Is Working – The most important and most often over looked part of putting together a backup plan involves the testing of the backup(s) after implementation. Be sure to layout checkpoints in which you log into your backup and verify that your data is being backed up properly. Also, backing up databases, specifically SQL databases requires special attention. Be 100% sure the solution you choose has the ability to backup a SQL database.

A good backup and disaster recovery plan can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Though many individuals and businesses overlook this critical process, it only takes one unsuspecting moment for most people to realize the overwhelming value in a good backup and recovery plan.

If you would like to begin taking steps to create a disaster recovery plan for your business, please contact John Barron, Network Services Manager at or 260.423.2414.