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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Guarding against data loss

You need to keep your digital resources safe even if your equipment fails or goes missing. Here's how.

Category:   File Collaboration And Replication

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Your business depends on its digital information resources to support key projects and enhance its interaction with customers. Losing these valuable assets can cause significant setbacks and even bring some of your activities to a screeching halt. Although robust IT infrastructures are designed to offer reliable solutions, sometimes equipment fails, documents are corrupted, or file transfers are interrupted. 

Preventing data loss
If issues do impact your primary network environment or something happens to an important document, you're going to want to have an up-to-date, ready-to-go backup of your mission-critical files and applications. There are a number of approaches to creating backups, from maintaining copies on physical hard drives to relying on automated processes in cloud-based solutions.

You can also decrease the impact of outages and other events by deploying solutions that incorporate file replication to achieve high levels of business continuity. For example, high availability solutions prevent downtimes and outages through active-active cluster configurations. This arrangement runs your managed file transfer services on multiple servers that are always responsive, which means there's no delay in performance because you don't have to wait for a backup server to start running.

Replication processes within file sharing solutions can bolster your resilience as well. For example, Wide Area File Services (WAFS) use replication to make sure the most current files are available anywhere on the wide area network. By saving each version of documents stored in the system, WAFS protects uncorrupted copies of all files in its history. In the event something happens, administrators can retrieve these documents from the central repository.

Lost devices don't have to mean lost information
TechRadar reported that 20 percent of U.K. consumers who participated in a survey by Acronis indicated that they have had a device stolen, lost or damaged. When these gadgets contain the sole copy or only up-to-date version of important documents, the loss extends far beyond the cost of the gadget. That's why devices should never be the primary storage platform for your organization's important resources.

Secure file sharing solutions help you avoid losing valuable information resources by eliminating the need to store company documents on individual devices. By providing ready access to secure environments wherein corporate files are stored, these options allow employees to work on documents from anywhere while always maintaining copies of the files in a safe, central repository.

These options can augment comprehensive business continuity plans that involve backing up your most crucial resources on secondary physical devices or through cloud-based services. Your company works hard to develop its assets, so you should do what you can to make sure it keeps them.