Why We Recommend 3-2-2 Backup Rule for Disaster Recovery?

    Sep 6, 2019 11:00:00 AM Keeran Networks Backup & Disaster Recovery, 3-2-2 Rule

    What if you lose some critical data during a disaster? Hard to imagine!

    Backups are essential for the survival of your company. We have witnessed far too many individuals and companies suffering from lost and stolen data, destroyed by fires or washed away in floods. You can also call it a common-sense – all hard drives eventually fail, and everyone needs to prepare itself for the worst-case scenario.

    In fact, in the year 2018, technical failures were so frequent that ZDNet headlined it, "Sick and Disgusted," and we were keeping our fingers crossed for 2019.

    Unfortunately, we all can see that it's not been the case!

    Different cities around the world have reported IT outages, and there were far too many reports of cyberattacks. In lieu, we are hoping that companies would embrace a strategy that prepares them to maintain business continuity even when disaster strikes.

    What is the 3-2-2 Backup Rule?

    3-2-1 is well-known disaster recovery rule, but as technology attacks and failures have increase multifold, we strive to improve, and now we are evolved to the 3-2-2 rule.

    So, what does this 3-2-2 mean?

    3-2-2 is just an easy to remember acronym and approach. It means you should three copies of your data, store two backup copies locally but on different mediums, and send one offsite and one to the cloud. While with 3-2-1, the breakdown with 3 & 2 are same, but it considers having one of the copies stored offsite.

    Why do we recommend 3-2-2 Rule?

    3-2-1 might be the go-to approach for the majority of the businesses but consider having your local copies attached to two devices, both of which are affected in a disaster. However, unfortunate it may sound, rotating and updating copy of your data in the cloud, which is not in the same physical location as yours is crucial in protecting your files.

    You might think a hurricane will never hit you because you live in a specific geographical location. But disasters could be of varied range and scope such as fire accidents, thefts, voltage surges, malicious attacks from cybercriminals.

    According to Verizon 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report, it's estimated that 43 percent of all cyberattacks are targeted at small businesses. In most cases, companies are not able to track data thefts in as many as six months. Some businesses face closure because they can't recuperate from the loss and have no plans in place.

    Cloud Offering Recovery Solutions

    While backup, disaster recovery and data protection all need time and planning, cloud nowadays is offering hassle-free security and data protection. Consequently, organizations don't need to devote as much time and money since services can work efficiently with onsite infrastructures.

    Also, with virtual cloud, the entire server, including the operating system, applications, patches and data is encapsulated into a single software bundle. This means that the whole virtual server can be copied and backed up to an offsite data center and revolved on a virtual host within some minutes.

    In the End

    Understanding today's threat landscape and basing your strategy on "ifs" is very-much prerequisite to save your business from disaster. Whether it is a natural disaster or cybercriminals wreaking havoc, your organization cannot afford to subside its operations at any point.

    After all, it's all about peace of mind, not just for the IT and cybersecurity but for your complete business continuity.

    Working with a cloud provider enables you to access a range of technologies to assure high availability. At Keeran Networks, we employ different technologies to protect your operations at the server level. Learn more on how the cloud can help you maintain high availability for your organization. Get in touch with our team to discuss more about the 3-2-2 rule.

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    Written by Keeran Networks