Backup & Disaster Recovery

Challenge: The cost to business when systems crash can be disastrous. Trimble Networks has a number of solutions to help minimise the risk of losing important information.  Fundamentally, Backups and Disaster Recovery should be looked at separately.

Your backup plan needs to include a mechanism for ensuring that each backup will be initiated and completed. Similarly, the plan should identify a process for confirming that backups are capable of being restored. All plans should include a process for backing up new systems so that they can be quickly restored to a baseline configuration. The entire backup plan should be available as a complete set of instructions that provides the hands-on guide to your backup process.

The Recovery Plan: To ensure an organisation is able to respond to an event in which business systems are impacted, a dcoument plan should exist for each business system. This will ensure the company is able to respond in an effective and timly manner. In general terms a recovery plan describe the common recovery operations for; Recovery in the event of data loss, recovery in the loss of a platform and recovery in the loss of site/access. For any critical system the plan would include system dependencies and the order in which systems are to be restored. 

Solution: Trimble Networks have a number of ways to help you with your backup and disaster recovery plans. 

We work with you in order to create an appropraite backup strategy for your business.  We know that all companies have different needs and we have the expertise to provide the support you need.  

Developing and implementing a backup and recovery strategy for your organisation is a step-by-step process. The following outline describes the actions that take place at each step.

Step 1 Fund:  Determine what budgetary support exists for your comprehensive data protection plan, and actively seek management support for the plan.

Step 2 Evaluate: Conduct a backup needs analysis for each busines system to help you determine which technologies are most suitable for your backup needs. Understanding what data and storage you must protect will help you develop effective and comprehensive backup and recovery plans.

Step 3 Plan : Develop backup and recovery strategies for the business systems that address the data protection requirements that your needs analysis identified.

Step 4 Implement : Deploy backup hardware and software and perform the initial backup of the entire data store. Begin schedule of regular full backups and incremental data backups. Move backup data off site (either via tape storage, network links to offsite storage, or Internet-based offsite storage).

Step 5 Test : Regularly test backups to confirm accuracy and test data recovery procedures to guarantee data availability. Test client-side backup and recovery software to assure full functionality. Regular testing will help you catch problems that updating OS software can introduce in otherwise correctly functioning backups and restores.

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