BUMI Recommends Data Recovery Drills On World Backup Day

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Companies Must Test Backup and Recovery Solutions to Ensure Their Data and Business Operations Are Not Compromised If and When an Outage Occurs

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Many businesses invest resources in their backup operations but don’t test the viability of their data recovery processes as frequently, making them vulnerable when an outage occurs.

BUMI (Backup My Info!), the premium provider of managed online backup and recovery solutions for small to mid-sized businesses, urges businesses to prepare and test their backup and recovery processes in celebration of World Backup Day today. Performing a recovery check is an often overlooked yet critical component of any ongoing backup process that BUMI wants to call attention to. This important step allows organizations to make adjustments to their backup strategy in order to be absolutely certain that the information and applications needed to run their business will be accessible after a technical failure or physical disaster.

An independent study that BUMI conducted in December 2013 surveyed IT consultants regarding their data backup and recovery tools, initiatives and concerns, revealed that 39 percent of respondents did not believe their clients are properly prepared for a large-scale disaster or outage. Thirteen percent of clients never check for backup errors and eight percent did so annually.

“Many businesses invest resources in their backup operations but don’t test the viability of their data recovery processes as frequently, making them vulnerable when an outage occurs,” said Jennifer Walzer, BUMI’s CEO. “Performing regular disaster recovery drills along with checking backup sets will ensure that businesses are safeguarding all of their data and putting them in the best position to overcome adversity if or when something goes wrong.”

According to BUMI, World Backup Day offers a global call to action to check data backup and restoration processes, and recommends the following advice:

  •     Develop a Strategy: Know the most critical data sets of your organization, including applications with their current versions. Key stakeholders in the company will provide insight into which data sets will be critical in recovery and how quickly they need to be recovered. A formal document of this strategy should be created and kept up to date in a protected off-site location in the event that a disaster physically impacts your organization.
  •     Determine Your Time Window: After a disaster strikes, there will be some downtime before your business needs all of its applications and information accessible. Determine your RTO (Recovery Time Objective), and outline what the most important applications are and how quickly they need to be up and running. Build this information into your backup and recovery processes and budget.
  •     Run Tests: It is much easier to work out problems in a backup recovery system before a disaster. Running drills on a monthly or quarterly basis will help your organization better prepare for these events, as well as help you become more familiarized with the recovery process, leading to a smoother transition should it ever be needed.
  •     Define Roles: When disasters strike, it is very important for employees to know what their role is during this time period. Multiple things will need to get addressed quickly so it is very important for the IT team to have a game plan in place.

“World Backup Day offers an important reminder to not only think about your business-critical data needs, but also an overall disaster recovery plan that includes internal and external communications with employees and customers,” added Walzer. “Our corporate office was impacted by Hurricane Sandy but our planning enabled us to quickly switch over to alternative resources and operate flawlessly during the three months we worked remotely while the building was repaired.”

To help organization prepare for disasters, BUMI has developed a free checklist that can be accessed here: http://go.bumi.com/DR_Checklist.

About BUMI

Manhattan-based BUMI (Backup My Info!) is a premium managed service provider specializing in data backup and recovery. Founded in 2002, the company's Here, There and Everywhere data backup and recovery solutions are utilized by more than 500 businesses. BUMI clients include professional service organizations such as banking, financial, insurance, accounting, hedge funds and law firms. The company is known for its relentless passion for customer service and support, and has won numerous awards, including Customer Service Provider of the Year and 10 Best Companies to Work For. For more information, visit http://www.bumi.com or call (866) 444- BUMI (2864).

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