Attend IT Blog

Attend IT Limited has been serving the Brentford area since 2003, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Here are the Basics of the 3-2-1 Backup Rule

Here are the Basics of the 3-2-1 Backup Rule

The 3-2-1 rule is a pretty standard reference for data backup and disaster recovery, but what does this rule actually entail? Today, we want to explain perhaps the most important concept to prolonging the life of your business, even in the face of difficult and trying circumstances.

Explaining the 3-2-1 Rule

In essence, the 3-2-1 rule references your backups, which are pivotal in your business continuity plan. It can be explained like this:

  • You should always maintain at least three copies of your data.
  • This data should be saved in at least two separate places.
  • One of these copies should be saved offsite, ideally in the cloud.

It’s really quite simple, all things considered.

Why the 3-2-1 Rule is So Important

The major benefit businesses get from the 3-2-1 rule is that it ensures that data stays as safe as possible, even under the worst possible conditions.

Maintaining Multiple Copies Ensures You Have Something to Work With

The more copies of your data that are available, the better the odds of restoring your business’ infrastructure in the case of an incident. If you only have one copy and something bad happens to it, you’re out of luck. This is much less likely to happen when you have multiple copies of your data, i.e. backups of your backups. Really, you cannot go wrong with storing too many backups, provided they are properly secured.

Keeping Your Backups in Different Places Keeps Them Safe

If you keep all of your frozen foods in the same freezer, what happens when that freezer suddenly stops working? You’re out of luck, and you’ll wish you had a spare in your basement. The same can be said for your backups. If you store them all on the same server, that server could fail or get hacked, rendering all of your backups useless and unobtainable. Store your backups in different physical locations and protect them all from potential disasters.

Store Your Backups Off-Site To Keep Them Safe

If something happens to your office and it is completely destroyed in a disaster, any backups you have stored on-site will also be destroyed. To achieve redundancy, you’ll want to store your data backups in different off-site locations, including the cloud, so that it’s all easily accessible when you need them most. Additionally, cloud providers will protect and secure their own backups of your backups, which can help to achieve the kind of redundancy you need, all while making sure that your backups are accessible. Hence, you keep downtime to a minimum.

Let’s Build a Backup and Disaster Recovery Strategy Together

Attend IT Limited can help your business implement the ideal BDR platform. To learn more, call us today at 020 8626 4485.

3 IT Metrics to Pay Attention To
Comprehensive Cybersecurity Starts With These Acti...
 

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Technology Security Business Computing Productivity Network Security Cloud Best Practices Tip of the Week Business Managed IT Services Data Data Backup Data Recovery Hackers IT Services IT Support Innovation communications Hosted Solutions Disaster Recovery Software Backup Privacy VoIP Cybersecurity Malware Mobile Devices Small Business Efficiency Internet Saving Money Email Business Continuity Computer Cloud Computing Phishing Collaboration Hardware Business Management Outsourced IT Microsoft BDR Automation Information Technology User Tips Ransomware Productivity Smartphones IT Support Compliance Internet of Things Users Workplace Tips Workplace Strategy Quick Tips Smartphone Server Artificial Intelligence Communication Upgrade Risk Management Wi-Fi Mobile Device Management Network Managed IT Mobility Managed IT services Budget Training Spam Meetings Employee-Employer Relationship Covid-19 Gadgets Passwords BYOD Managed Service Provider Google Save Money Wireless Password Mobile Device Networking Human Resources Remote Avoiding Downtime Document Management Android Printing Information Windows 7 Remote Workers Social Media Microsoft Office VPN Remote Computing Chrome History Hosted Solution Router Instant Messaging Firewall Content Filtering Computers Data Management Cost Management Windows 10 Project Management MSP Monitoring Managed Service Virtual Private Network Help Desk Time Management Remote Work Video Conferencing Laptop Marketing Recovery Telephone Systems Government End of Support Hacker Personal Information Hard Drives Solid State Drive Current Events Encryption Battery Automobile Telephony Big Data Two-factor Authentication Audit Office Employer-Employee Relationship Value Saving Time Data Breach Data Storage Data Security Mobile Software as a Service Conferencing Redundancy Maintenance Devices Tech Term Proactive Computing Wireless Internet Hybrid Cloud Business Technology Printers IT Service Machine Learning Paperless Office Backup and Disaster Recovery Voice over Internet Protocol Mobile Office Manufacturing Customer Relationship Management AI Printer Managed Services Mobile Computing Proactive IT Social Engineering Transportation Going Green Browser Applications Private Cloud Operating System iPhone Health Windows Money Facebook Administration Colocation Windows 10 Advertising PDF Apps Legal Wireless Technology Flexibility Update Cybercrime Black Market Virtualization Shadow IT Disaster Education Application Save Time Work/Life Balance Office 365 Antivirus Holiday Entertainment HIPAA Phone System Analytics Electronic Medical Records Cleaning Hacking Smart Technology Vendor Management Samsung Company Culture App SaaS Upgrades Vulnerability The Internet of Things Dark Web Nanotechnology OneNote Business Intelligence Managed IT Service Data Protection Commerce Regulation Professional Services Travel Word Apple User Error Data Loss File Sharing Storage Lifestyle Evernote Workers Spyware intranet Blockchain IoT Analysis Chromebook Smart Tech Connectivity Streaming Media Content Filter Management Financial Technology Gamification Students Unified Communications Remote Monitoring Wasting Money Amazon Virtual Assistant Alexa for Business WPA3 File Storage Bandwidth Vendor Telephone Utility Computing Payroll SMB Downtime E-Commerce Payment Cards Break/Fix e-waste Employees Smartwatch Development Azure Active Directory Windows Server Cybersecurty Window 10 Online Storage Fiber Optics Windows Server 2008 Copiers Voiceover Internet Protocol Business Telephone Computer Repair Troubleshooting CRM Workstations Outsource IT PCI DSS Regulations Compliance Cost Remote Working Leadership Bitcoin Finance Infrastructure Videoconferencing Streaming Customer Service Copier Authentication Hiring/Firing RMM Windows 11 Cabling Going Paperless Inventory Management Employer/Employee Relationships Outsourcing How To Microsoft Outlook Files Regulations Paperless Solutions Microsoft 365 Strategy Consulting Decision Making Ergonomics Signage Customer Experience Robot Google Drive Miscellaneous Alert Law Enforcement Reputation Social Relocation Search Internet Exlporer Text Messaging Office Tips HaaS Video Games Scalability Humor How To Best Practice USB Virtual Reality Managing Stress Point of Sale Identity Theft Worker Commute Politics Experience Music Books Safety Emergency Worker Scam Computer Accessories Charger Computer Care Unsupported Software Television Business Strategy WiFi Unified Threat Management Consultant Touchscreen Emails Webinar IT solutions Windows 10s Hard Disk Drive iOS Computer Fan Root Cause Analysis Augmented Reality CrashOverride Settings Screen Mirroring Cast HBO IT Management IT Solutions WIndows Server 2008 Patch Management Outlook Shortcut Excel Sync Adobe Licensing Tablets NFL Windows Ink Google Maps Google Docs Microsoft Excel Sports Cortana Legislation Comparison Specifications Sales Retail Gifts Credit Cards FAQ Wireless Charging WannaCry Updates Microsoft Word eWaste Device Security Tech Support Fraud Edge Ciminal IT budget Identities Language Virus Websites Data Theft App store Mobile Security Identity Data Privacy Hard Drive Google Assistant Twitter Computer Forensics Gmail PowerPoint Memory Financial Bring Your Own Device Testing Camera Projects Display Co-Managed Services Hyperlink Wasting Time Accessory Peripheral Access Control Admin Keyboard Shortcuts Security Cameras Employee 5G Medical IT YouTube OneDrive Sabotage PC Server Maintenance Investment ROI Windows Server 2008 R2 Micrsosoft Digital Signage Processor Benchmarks Myths Threats Scams Managed Services Provider Facebook Privacy eCommerce Holidays Inventory Communitications Hosted Desktop Smart Devices Keyboard Net Neutrality Internet Service Provider Workstation Telework Audits Solutions Policy Procedure Organization Innovations Reviews Biometrics Computer Tips Work Windows 8.1 Voice Supply Chain Environment Workplace Strategies Print Management Healthcare SSD Remote Management Telephone System Print Database 2FA Virtual Desktop Proactive Management eSignature Cyberattack Cameras Digital Cameras Mixed Reality Displays