A backup system is a crucial part of any network design. Any good Engineer will always incorporate a backup system into a network, but an image backup (replicated both on and off-site if possible) is the way to go when it comes to protecting your business from costly downtime. In the event of hardware failure, an image backup can allow for a complete restoration in as little as 30 minutes, whereas a simple data backup can have you down for days!
Here are 5 reasons why you may want to consider the implementation of an image backup and do away with your basic data backups.
1. Quick Recovery: System image backups allow for incredibly quick recovery from a hardware failure or disaster. Reason being is that a system image backup is like having a copy of your entire infrastructure. Consider this- If your server were to fail tomorrow and all you had was a backup of your data, what would you do? You would first replace the server, but then what? You would need to install the operating system, then install of your programs, then reconfigure the system, then recreate your file structure, and then figure out where to put all of the data you've backed up. This could take days, and can your business really afford to be down for days? An image backup eliminates the need to reinstall the OS, reinstall the programs, recreate the configurations and file structure and so on. Literally, all you would need to do is replace the hardware and load the image backup and you're up and running.
2. Protection from Costly Downtime: The ability to quickly recover from file loss, data corruption, hardware failure, etc., directly equates to the money saved in the event of such an occurrence. An image backup allows for quick recovery and therefore, protects your business from costly downtime. We have seen first-hand, the disastrous effects of having just a data backup, or worse, no backup at all. It is simply not worth it!
3. Automation: Our image backups are fully automated. They are scheduled to run at a specified time or at specified intervals every day. There is virtually zero room for human error the way there was with, for example, tape backups, where the ability for a backup to take place was dependent upon an individual physically inserting a cassette into the backup unit.
4. Backup Verification: Our image backups provide verification of the success of the backup so that there is no question as to whether or not the backup took place.
5. Peace of Mind: There is something to be said about the peace of mind achieved in knowing that you can recover quickly from a disaster, you're protected from costly downtime, and your systems are fully automated, providing notifications that can allow you to sleep easy. Implementing an image backup system is simple and does not have to be costly, and at the end of the day, it is absolutely worthwhile.