Downtime is a problem every business has to face at some point. Whether it's just for an hour or much longer, it's vital to have a data recovery plan in place to get back online as quickly as possible
From hacked files to hardware failures, anything can happen at any time. While hot backups are ideal, they're not the most affordable. However, warm backups are the perfect combination of affordable and effective to improve your data recovery strategy.
How Warm Backups Work
When it comes to data recovery backups, you have three main options - cold, warm and hot. Cold backups are the most common as they're also the easiest to implement and the cheapest. You'd typically back up your data daily or weekly after hours. However, if a disaster happens, you lose any data that hasn't been backed up yet.
With warm backups, data is backed up throughout the day when databases aren't in use. You may schedule these throughout the day to coincide with optimal times, such as lunches or breaks. The good news is you'll lose very little data in the event of a hardware failure or other disaster.
Hot backups keep a near real-time copy of your data, but the convenience costs much more and it's more difficult to implement.
Disasters Do Happen
A study from 2017 shows that 140,000 hard drives fail in the United States every week. You never know when it might happen and sadly, 60% of SMBs that lose data have to shut down within six months.
If it's not hardware failures, it's hackers, especially ransomware attacks. For one in six businesses, ransomware resulted in 25 hours or more of downtime. With warm backups, these businesses could've just formatted everything, restored their data and been back online within a few hours at most.
Prepare For The Worst
Downtime costs your business every single minute you're down. Improve your data recovery with warm backups. They're affordable and can be performed in-house or via cloud services (ideal in the event of ransomware). You'll lose very little, if any, data and be prepared to switch to your backup quickly if anything does happen.
Want to learn more about warm backups and how to implement them into your data recovery strategy? Contact us today to learn how we can help.