Do you have a backup and data recovery strategy in place? This pertains to your company’s data.
We all think that it will never happen to me or my organization, but in fact, we are simply psychologically preparing for the moment when we lose our data. Data backup is seldom a part of the plans of personal computer users or commercial IT managers.
It’s like trying to give up smoking; we all know we should, but we’ll find any reason not to.
The same thing applies here. Be honest with yourself and pose the following question: do you have a strategy to back up your data, and more critically, do you have a plan to restore your data that will safeguard your company in the event that anything goes wrong? Computers are no longer merely a useful addition to our lives; rather, it is safe to say that everyone who is successful in business and owns their own company will tell you that having one is now an absolute requirement.
We are aware that the data that is stored on our computer system is the most valuable asset any company may have. I will pose this question once more: what are you doing to secure your data, and what would happen if you lost it?
There is an infinite number of things that might cause data loss, including human error, malfunctioning hardware or software, an act of nature, being misplaced or stolen, and so on; nevertheless, one thing is certain: as more time passes, the list of potential causes will get ever more extensive.
Have you ever had anything taken from you or misplaced something?
Since I’ve been working in the information technology sector for close to 25 years at this point, you can probably assume that I’ve heard some pretty strange tales about how people have managed to steal computers and servers.
Laptops were taken from the back seats of cars, resulting in the loss of data; a colleague of mine forgot that he had left his laptop on the roof of his car; the problem is that he remembered only when he had driven 160 miles (lost data).
The workplace of a friend of mine was broken into twice in the span of two nights. The first break-in resulted in the theft of desktop computers and the complete destruction of the alarm system (some data was lost), and the second break-in saw the theft of servers along with the backup device and media! It seems that the most valuable items were taken on the second night, when the thieves had more time since the alarm wasn’t serviced as promptly as it should have been (total data loss and company ceased trading within 8 months).
Implementing a data backup plan will save you money by preventing the loss of data from occurring in the first place.
Failure of the Hardware
If you have never had your laptop stolen or your whole IT infrastructure taken, then congratulations, but the rest of us should get used to the idea that our stuff will eventually stop working. Within a notebook computer, a computer, or a server, there are just three primary mechanical components:
1) hard drive, 2) backup drive 3) A CD or a DVD Hard drives can and will fail, even if this has not happened to you yet. Don’t get me wrong—if you take a broken hard drive to a specialist, they will probably be able to retrieve the majority of your data (whew! ), but you should be prepared to spend more than $5,000 for the privilege (not phew). Implementing a data backup strategy can save you money by preventing the loss of data from occurring in the first place.
Fire or Disaster (natural or not).
I reside in the United Kingdom, which is a wonderful country since it does not suffer from problems such as earthquakes, hurricanes, or forest fires; as a result, there will never be a huge natural catastrophe that will destroy a significant portion of a city.
When the oil refinery in Bunsfield exploded and leveled everything within a three-mile radius, I was under the impression that this was the case. I could give you a million and one reasons and situations to illustrate why you should back up your company’s data, but the bottom line is that you should. We are all aware that the process of backing up one’s data is nothing more than plain old-fashioned common sense.
It is important to protect any mission-critical or sensitive data that you either do not want to lose or cannot afford to lose. GUARD YOUR RECORDS AT ALL COSTS! If you honestly believe that you will never lose your data, then please put this article down right now and go do something less dull. You do not need to backup your data since you will never lose it.
Let’s have a conversation about the myriad of methods for keeping your data and other backup services safe. If you take the following into consideration, you will be able to locate the answer that is going to be the most beneficial for either you or your business.
Solution for backing up to CDs.
The process of backing up your files and data to CD is simple; but, doing it each night might be time-consuming, and you will need to have the self-control to set aside as much as an hour in order to do this operation each night.
It is not possible to automate the process of saving data on a CD drive, and we all know that people lead busy lives. After you have backed up your data to a CD, you should always check to make sure that the data is there on the CD, and then you should carry the CD with you when you leave. There is no use in leaving it to the possibility that it may be stolen or burned up along with the rest of your stuff.
It is imperative that you do not use a compact disc (CD) to preserve data (keep documents secure for a long time), since I do not anticipate that this kind of media will be reliable for more than two years.
Even while backing up to CD has a lot of drawbacks, it’s still a lot better than not backing up any of your data at all.
RAID is Not a backup, however, it will safeguard the disks on your server.
Running a RAID configuration on your servers is one way to assist avoid data loss that may be caused by the failure of one or more hard drives. This should be done for all of your servers.
Your server will continue to function normally even if one of the disks in a RAID 5 configuration fails if you have three drives operating in this configuration. RAID will not protect you against fire, flood, theft, or any other calamity that is just waiting to strike, but it will ensure the continuation of your company.
Because the additional hard drives required for RAID storage are often placed in your computer or in other equipment that is located on your premises, this solution does not typically protect you against theft. It is not uncommon for it to fail to protect you from fire either, which is another shortcoming of this strategy.
Backup and recovery of sensitive data stored off-site provided by an independent company.
Methods of backing up data remotely or through the internet are often linked with businesses that fall within the category of “big enterprise.” Smaller businesses have always been unable to afford high-speed Internet access due to its prohibitively high cost.
This strategy of data backup has recently obtained universal approval and is gaining ground in countries all over the world. Because of the dramatic drop in the cost of high-speed internet connections, virtually every home and business is now connected to the internet through a pipe with a minimum capacity of 2 megabits per second (MB/s). As a direct consequence of this development, it is now feasible to back up large amounts of data at a safe off-site data center.
In my opinion, the most advantageous feature of an offsite backup solution is not the high encryption security levels that are in place, the price, or the purpose-designed replicated infrastructure that is located where your data is stored; rather, the most advantageous feature of an offsite backup solution is the fact that it is an entirely automated procedure.
Once you have programmed the software to make a backup of your data at a certain time each day, you can then forget about it and let it to continue safeguarding your data as you go about your day. This is known as the “set and forget” method.
If I were in charge of your backup procedure, I would use all three of the previously suggested backup strategies. A RAID system for business continuity, an offshore backup to safely safeguard all of my company’s data, and to allow a speedy recovery, a CD copy of only my mission-critical data to keep my company operational. These three things are what I need to keep my company going.