Looking for Disaster Preparedness? Head for the Cloud

Our firm has multiple offices and our computer network permits us to work remotely from any location.

Even with multiple servers and back-ups there is still a possibility that both systems could go down resulting in the loss of most, if not all, of our data. Recently one of our redundant servers went down we ordered a replacement server but it was going to take several weeks for delivery and we were operating with a redundant back-up system in place.

Our original plan was to have a server in each location and have the servers mirror each other. But with one server down we were operating without a safety net. Our firm is paper(less) so the possible impact of a disaster (fire, theft, flood etc.) and loss of data to our firm would be significant.

In light of this risk we decided to add further redundancy to avoid or possibly manage potential disasters. We added a Barracuda backup server as a secure, cost effective and efficient storage solution for securing our data. This was accomplished by automating our back-ups and storing our data in off-site cloud based servers.

What are the benefits of a Barracuda or similar system? You can avoid having to use removable media like tapes to backup and restore data takes a lot of time and effort.Data is protected with AES 256-bit encryption, vendor and staffing costs are reduced and back-up and restores occurs at LAN speed.

This system has worked great for our firm and fortunately we have not yet experienced any significant disasters. But if one does occur we are optimistic that this redundancy and planning will pay off.

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