Three Things You Need for Peace of Mind: Backups, Monitoring, and Redundancy

January 21, 2022

The three main points of peace of mind are backup, monitoring, and redundancy.
Firstly, let’s talk about backup.


Backups


A backup is a copy of vital data saved in a different location so that it may be restored if it is accidentally destroyed or corrupted. The frequency of backups is determined by how frequently data changes, how important the data is, and how long it takes to back up.
The most effective data backup methods are:


Back up on a regular basis
As they say, consistency is the key to success. Backup frequency and priority are largely reliant on your specific IT architecture and requirements. Assume your organization adds and produces many new files to a server every week. You're likely to lose a week's worth of production and morale if you lose a week's worth of progress. As a result, selecting a proper backup frequency is critical to enhancing the efficacy of your data backups. Organizations should strive for weekly backups at the very least to comply with data backup best practices. For optimum results, you should back up your data once a day.


Be sure to protect your backups
Your data backup is a clone of your "live" data, which you interact with on a daily basis. The backup files will be encrypted if the original data is encrypted. The issue emerges when these files are not encrypted. Viruses, spyware, and hackers can still obtain access to these backups and utilize your information to their advantage. To put it another way, backing up your data isn't the same as securing it. Consider ransomware, a common (though extremely hazardous) malware. It uses an unbreakable algorithm to lock you out of any file it can access through your computer.
Evaluate your backups


If your backups don't work when you need them the most, they're useless. Checking for file usability, application functioning, and database integrity is what testing your backups entails. Because testing your backups may be laborious and time-consuming, you'll want to plan ahead of time. It's preferable to test after many files have been uploaded or if major changes have occurred since the last backup.


Let’s jump on the other topic that is “Monitoring,” and why it is important for peace of mind.
Monitoring


A monitoring system is a piece of software that assists system administrators in keeping track of their infrastructure. These tools keep an eye on system devices, traffic, and applications and raise an alert if anything goes wrong.
The advantages of monitoring will help us to give the following benefits:
Efficiency in terms of cost
While disasters cannot be predicted, network problems may be anticipated. Downtime at any firm results in loss of revenue. Therefore avoiding it is the best strategy. Monitored services accomplish just that by keeping an eye on various network activities and catching issues before they happen. As a result, there will be no downtime and no financial loss, making it a cost-effective option.


Better safety
It's not only network issues that cause downtime; sometimes, it's a malicious attack. Whether an attempt is made to breach a corporate network or a rogue piece of malware tries to infiltrate, monitoring services will detect such unwelcome intruders and keep your organization safe.
Increased productivity
Monitoring services will identify such unwelcome visitors and keep your organization safe, whether an effort is made to enter a business network or a rogue piece of malware tries to infiltrate. They can help by making recommendations for infrastructural improvements or creating roadmaps for technology upgrades. As a result of having access to the most up-to-date technology, your team will be more productive across the board.


Reduced IT worries
Companies that monitor network traffic aren't only there to keep an eye on it. In other cases, an MSP might offer expertise to offload IT services while also handling the broader business aspect. IT difficulties, big or small, may eat up time and money, making it difficult for a workforce to focus on its goals. By eliminating these issues, your organization will be able to focus on its objectives while also ensuring that your IT is safe (assuming the provider is up to the task).
Let us now discuss redundancy.


Redundancy
Redundancy is based on the idea that objects in the universe have a propensity to break down and fail us exactly when we need them the most. It doesn't matter if you call it the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, entropy, or Murphy's Law; the concept is the same. Redundancy is a response to Murphy's irritating Law, and it's designed to offer us peace of mind that we'll be able to weather any storm.


Single points of failure should be avoided
The fact that any component can fail at any time is at the heart of the problem. Preventive maintenance and proactive monitoring can assist in avoiding disaster, but relying on a single unit for a crucial function is a dangerous proposition. A single point of failure (SPOF) is a component that, if it fails, will bring the entire system down with it. It's also the worst thing that might happen to an IT system.


Various levels of redundancy are available
Redundancy is a notion that may be used for a variety of technologies at various levels. It all relies on the system's scope. In a small workplace, a basic database should be backed up or replicated, ideally offshore. Email servers should be duplicated across many servers and backed up on a regular basis. If a small firm just has one internet connection, they will be harmed if they lose access to crucial data.


Disaster Recovery Failover
Time is money in the high-stakes corporate environment. Every minute that internet service is unavailable costs business money in terms of service level agreement (SLA) fines and lost revenue. That is why having a reliable service failover mechanism is beneficial. When a primary system fails, and a backup system takes over, this is known as failover. The best failover solutions do not need human intervention.


Hence, peace of mind is hidden in these three things: Backup, Monitoring, and Redundancy.
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