How to design your backup and recovery procedure

Having a backup and recovery procedure can help to minimise the effects of unplanned downtime and maximise data availability and recoverability.
Backup and recovery challenges
With a myriad of storage methods available such as servers, disk and tape storage subsystems, storage area networks (SANs) and network-attached storage (NAS) topologies, successful backup and restore management can be a […]

By |April 20th, 2020|Advice|0 Comments

How often should a business continuity plan be updated? And other key questions

Maintaining your business continuity plan (BCP) can be challenging, but it needs to be done. How often should a business continuity plan be updated? Well, each BC plan is different. Most require a review once a year, others require a review each time a product or the environment it’s in changes. Each organisation must decide […]

By |March 17th, 2020|Advice|0 Comments

Business continuity planning in 5 key steps

Many people think that business continuity planning is a well-defined process that can be followed with a “tick the box” approach. The reality is very different. Although there are several key steps involved in the development of a business continuity plan, the development process should be thought of as a framework for creating capabilities rather […]

By |March 12th, 2020|Advice|0 Comments

Cloud Backup vs Tape Backup

A common misconception of Cloud Backup is that it’s expensive and for early adopters, this may have been the case.
In its infancy, to move your backups to the cloud you could be looking at a hefty upfront cost to scope and install the solution along with a considerable £ per Gb cost just to store […]

By |March 5th, 2020|Advice|0 Comments

Difference between BCP and DR

The definition of BCP and DR have been changing over a period of time.

Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and Disaster Recovery (DR) are often used in a single sentence so often that people often begin to forget that there is a difference between the two.

In the simplest form, BCP refers to plans about how a business […]

By |July 16th, 2018|Advice|0 Comments

The perils of Risk Registers and Business Continuity Planning

I have been talking about risk registers a lot this week. One of the first things I push whenever a risk register is mentioned is that they are good BUT I find myself echoing an old Enterprise Architect colleague whose catchphrase was “that’s a good question but a more interesting question might be…”
A Risk Register […]

By |May 24th, 2018|Advice|0 Comments

Why Cloud Backup isn’t Business Continuity.

One of the most common reasons I see for unacceptable recovery times is a reliance on cloud based backup. Pushing data off site every night is easy, especially in modern paradigms where we only have to send out the changed bits rather than a full copy of the local data. The problem with cloud backup […]

By |May 10th, 2018|Advice, Posts|0 Comments

What is the purpose of Business Continuity?

To correctly answer this, we must first understand exactly what Business Continuity is. According to the Business Continuity Institute, it is “Having a plan to deal with difficult situations, so your organization can continue to function with as little disruption as possible”. The next question is why do we need it? The answer is simple, […]

By |May 3rd, 2018|Advice|0 Comments

Ransomware Resilience

According to a recent Ransomware study undertaken by Datto, 95% of IT service providers’ customers fell victim of a strain of Crypto in the past 12 months. What is Crypto? It is a type of ransomware that will take your files hostage by ‘scrambling’ the contents, it then demands a ransom in exchange for a […]

By |April 17th, 2018|Advice, Posts|0 Comments

Meltdown & Spectre: Update and Advice

There is currently a lot of media coverage about two major computer chip vulnerabilities that theoretically have the ability to allow the unauthorised access and management of data. Therefore, ADAM Continuity and Centerprise International (Ci) are publishing the following advisory note:

Client advice

The approach Ci would recommend for Windows systems is to ensure that all Anti-Virus […]

By |January 5th, 2018|Advice|0 Comments