In an effort to protect data, every enterprise IT department builds a backup strategy that works for their operation. But it’s not uncommon for an organization to forget about the network as part of the strategy in their backup plan. It’s important to remember in this age of cloud-based storage solutions and cloud-based applications that we are sharing networks to transport our data from one point to another.
As you consider your network as part of your disaster recovery plan, here are some key things to remember:
1. Getting Your Network QoS Right
Quality of service (QoS) is an important aspect in a shared network environment. QoS helps to prioritize the flow of traffic, which is vital when moving vast amounts of data on a daily basis. In many cases, day-to-day activities such as voice and video get priority, which can also be controlled in QoS.
2. The Importance of Redundancy
There are many parts involved in moving data from point to point, and you don’t want any single point to be a weak spot that brings down your local area network (LAN). You need to verify that your network is resilient from beginning to end. While searching for these potential weak areas, consider automated tools that can prevent failover.
3. Protecting Data With Better Policies
Data security conversations should happen in every department, not just in IT, and a hybrid cloud approach can help you gain better control over your data center operations. There are practices involving bring your own device (BYOD) as well as company-owned devices that can lead to compromised data. However, when it comes to your network, you have to devise policies for the cloud and wide area network (WAN).
4. Separate Network for Better Throughput
As you get more involved in your backup strategy, you’ll realize that backups can eat a great deal of throughput. Should any link become congested, users on your network are going to see it affect the applications they use. However, if you have a separate network built for your backup strategy, you can bypass this common problem.
At Copper State Communications, we have over three decades of experience offering reliable services for our clients. We know how important a well-run network is in today’s competitive business environment, and we’re committed to doing our part to ensure the network is always up and running smoothly for our clients. Contact us today to discuss solutions that will put you ahead of your competitors.