I have had 100's of discussions about how customers do backups. History tells us that 6 out of 10 businesses will experience some type of data loss or technology disaster. They are very proud of their strategy and often go into a lot of detail. When I ask how often they do test restores on important files, do they have multiple backup locations and if they backups are encrypted at both ends they often get quiet. Here are some of the most common problems we see and some simple solutions.
The goal of backing up files is not to do the backup but being able to successfully restore your most important files and applications if a disaster strikes. If you are backing up only your data it will take a long time to build a new server, install the applications and updates and then load the data. You could be down for a week.
1.Make sure you have a backup of your most recent images This will include the operating system, applications and data and allow you to restore a recent image if the event of a natural disaster or Randsomware virus. Know your restore point objectives (RPO) and restore time objectives (RTO) under your current plan and check with management to make sure they are acceptable.
2. Plan for data growth and expansion. There is nothing worse than having to go to management because you haven't planned for the growth and having to reduce the you are currently backing up. Or worse you have run out of room to complete the backup
3. Is your company or industry subject to regulation. Are you limited to where you are allowed to store your data? Common regulations include HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley and NASD but each industry has their own requirements. Also does your data need to be encrypted at time of backup? When when being stored or during transmission as well? Should it be stored at multiple geographically redundant locations?
4. Are your backups automated and do you have tools to make sure the backups are completed properly and restored easily. All too often we see human error is manual backups. Also critical files are moved and the backup Is not updated.
5. Do you have a current Disaster Recovery plan that is updated annually. Too often customers have a good backup in place but have not planned for the computer being fried in an electrical storm, server room flooded or the building burning to the ground and not being accessible.
6. Has your current backup vendor reviewed your environment recently to learn about your business, critical infrastructure and growth projections. Do they offer expert engineers to help with the data recovery in the event of an accident or catastrophic event. If not you would be crazy to trust your data to them.
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