You may have heard about a 3-2-1 Backup rule before. It is considered a best practice method at a minimum for protecting your business’s data. It boils down to having three copies of your data; the original and two or more backups. The two backups should be on two different types of storage and one copy must be offsite. An example of this setup could be a snapshot on a SAN, a backup to a NAS and then sync that backup to a third party or a second office.
While that may sound daunting, it is fairly easy to accomplish. Veeam is a leading solution for backing up virtual machines and with recent updates, it now also can get physical servers – both Windows and Linux – as well as cloud-based servers in Azure, Amazon, etc. Veeam can be used to create both your local backup as well as your offsite copy.
Most restored files would come from the backup stored locally as it will be the fastest way to access the files. The offsite copy would be for some event that rendered the local copy unusable. This could be a simple hardware failure, a problem in the office building like a roof leak, all the way a ransomware attack – see our other blog posts related that topic. The offsite copy is an insurance policy; you hope to never need it but when you do you’ll be thankful that you had the foresight to have it in place.
Thrive is a Veeam Cloud Connect provider and can be the target for your offsite copy saving you the hassle of procuring a system away from your network to store this copy. This will protect your critical business data from nefarious evildoers that are now infiltrating a company’s network, deleting the online backup copies and then encrypting all the business’ files and demanding a ransom.
Major data loss can cause a company to fail. “According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), more than 40% of businesses never reopen after a disaster, and for those that do, only 29% were still operating after two years. And guess what likely becomes of those that lost their information technology for nine days or more after a disaster? Bankruptcy within a year.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/causeintegration/2014/09/04/will-your-business-recover-from-disaster/#295ce21e295c
Keep your data, your company, and your employees safe and have an offsite copy!