Information Management

Backup & Restoration

Effective backup and rescovery systems are an essential component of all information technology environments to protect against the loss of information and enable the timely restoration of critical business services.

Loss of information can occur in many ways including:

  • Accidental deletion of data
  • Accidental overwrite of data
  • Malware activity
  • Software errors
  • Intentional deletion by disgruntled employees
  • Hardware failure
  • Hardware theft
  • Water damage, fire, fusion

Some of these events can result in prolonged interruptions to service availability.

Openet can provide advice on the selection of the most appropriate backup and restoration model for your organisation. Such a solution may include one or more of the following:

  • On-site tape based backup
  • On-site disk based backup
  • Off-site / ‘cloud’ backup

Chosing the best fit-for-purpose backup and restoration solution many not always be a straight forward decision. Factors which must be considered include:

  • Volume of data / rate of change
  • Available time to perform the backup or recovery
  • Capital expenditure verses operating expenditure
  • Integration with disaster recovery / business continuity plans
  • Archival / retention policies / legal obligations
  • Operating system / application system backup (in addition to data)
  • Security of backed up data

Additional Info

Backup and restoration processes typically form an integral part of an organisation's disaster recovery plans (but should not be confused with disaster recovery). For assistance with establishing or independently testing your organisation's backup and restoration systems contact Openet.

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