It doesn’t matter how good we are at what we do, or how much technology advances on a daily basis. Even the most impressive systems can experience glitches. Or even worse: a natural disaster, a system failure, a crashed server, or a Ransomeware/WannaCry clown wanting to extort money from your company.
When this happens, you want to make sure you have a previously established process designed to mitigate the amount of damage. Some of the ways to ensure you’re well prepared are the following:
Build and Test Your Plan:
The same way you don’t wait for a storm to arrive to try to rush out and gather emergency supplies, you shouldn’t wait until you have a heart-stopping scare to think about your data recovery options. Have your IT team design a plan, come up with all possible hypothetical contingencies, and test them out. This is the only way to know whether the plan will work and about any unforeseen vulnerabilities.
If a server fails, you still have alternative ways to access your data and avoid service interruption. You’ll also get a more efficient performance, since all projects will be distributed among the servers. Maintenance will also be easier, and it provides for scalability.
Block Level backups provide a faster way of backing up your database, since it bypasses file level storage. Data transportation is also more reliable; and because your data is backed up faster, you can conduct more frequent back-ups.
Microsoft’s Always On Availability Groups:
Some of the benefits are the availability of data on multiple physical sites, the ability to automatically failover those multiple sites, and its proven technology.
Scanning Your Network:
Both internal and external vulnerability scans are necessary in order to detect potential threats. This is vital for your database security. New threats emerge almost on a daily basis; and what worked last year won’t necessarily keep you protected now.