29 Sep Is your backup putting your back up?
Do you have constant frustrations with your backups? Are they painstakingly manual, swapping tapes or USB drives daily, weekly or monthly?
Do they continuously fail for no apparent reason or repeatedly fail for the same reason!
Do you have to “copy, paste” data onto external devices yourself…when you remember!
Do your backups actually work, have you ever tested and restored a file from backup, or performed a full disaster recovery test?
Do your backups cover all of your data including your system? How quickly can you recover your data (and systems) should you experience a small or catastrophic failure?
Or do you think, “backups, shmackups”, I don’t need to backup anything…the likelihood of ever needing to recover something is so small, so what’s the point!
All very important questions to think about.
Old School Classics
Manually changing tapes, swapping hard drives daily or weekly is a classic way of backing up data, especially large amounts of data. However these do lead to exposure problems.
For example, retention periods i.e. how many days or weeks can you actually recover information (based on the number of tapes you have stockpiled) and when you need to recover, who actually has the tape from that particular period!
What about data protection if the data is actually taken off-site, are the tapes and drives encrypted properly, is the business insured if data is lost or stolen?
Has the tape or drive been damaged in any way on route which may prevent a successful restore?
And what about the sheer annoyance of having to manually intervene in order to get a backup completed and if something were to go wrong, is that your fault?
If the drive is at your home or in a safe somewhere at a different location, do you have to go and collect it? Is the business then utterly dependent on you to backup and recover their information? Pretty scary if that is the case.
Automation not motivation
What you really want to do is set it, leave it and then check it the next day that it’s backed up everything. No need to get up from your chair, no need to remember at the end of the day to insert a new tape or drive, no need to push yourself whatsoever.
And then the next day, no need to even logon to any server to check successes or failures, just check your usual email as you go about your morning email reading.
Even better is you not having to check, you can get your IT Support Company to check your backups for you AND fix any backup failures or errors. Leave it to them to ensure your backups complete successfully on a daily basis moving the ownership from you to them (from experience it’s scary for us too but we know how to handle it!).
And what about those pesky tapes or USB drives…perhaps backup to a medium-large storage NAS instead which can retain 30-90 days of backup versions, ensuring a really high recovery point and recovery time as all of your backups are on-site.
For an added and highly recommended level of protection, to ensure that your backups are available should you have little or no access to your building (as during a large disaster, recovery to a different site might be needed), intertwine your local backups with a secondary online backup eliminating the need to transport data sensitive information on public transport or being physically in charge of the integrity of your fragile backup medium.
Have you had a backup scare or data disaster recently? Maybe your backups are just putting your back up?!
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