So you’ve decided to back up systems and data. Where to start? Your job is to understand, define, and manage which operating systems and business data are essential to back up so that your business can be up and running in the event of a disaster.
Even if your systems are only down for a short time, losses can be substantial. Of course, there is the data you use every day. Transactional data, client histories, employee information, and so on.
There are also operating systems, applications, and system configurations that must be backed up. Even if you were able to recover all of your data, without backing up your operations it will be either difficult or impossible to get a business running again, at least without a heavy investment.
It’s also important to remember to have your backups updated whenever a major change in your workflows or infrastructure is implemented. In other words, you don’t want to come back to where your business was last year—you you want to come back to business as it was yesterday or even sooner.