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Backup, Backup Backup!

Backup

Over the last few months, I have dealt with several firms that have encountered hard drive failures on their main servers, and they either didn't have any backups or their backups were no good. I figured this would be a good topic for my blog.

October has turned into the month of data recovery and backup issues for me. In some cases, the firms thought their data was being backed up because their IT firm said they had backup plans in place and other cases they were just not running any backups.

If you have a backup plan in place whether you set it up or your IT Company sets it up the backups have to be tested. Perform a restore to verify that the plan is working, and the backups are good. There is nothing like having all of these backups and finding out that they are no good when it’s too late, and that’s usually when you’re going to find out.

In one case a firm that I was working with had several backups. As it turned out, the files were unusable and in another case a firm thought everything was being backed up and so did their IT company. The IT Company had put this very complex backup plan in place, but they never activated it. In this case the blame would be on the IT Company for not running the backup plan but also for not checking to make sure the backups were running. Needless to say, that firm has hired another IT company.

Something to think about is how often you want to backup your data. The question is how much data can you afford to lose? Scaling backups depends on how much data the firm/company enters during a normal work day. Can you survive if you lose a day’s worth of data or do you need to run backups every 15 minutes? Either way there is a solution out there for you, but it all depends on how much money you are willing to spend. Applications like AppAssure and Acronis give you the capability to run incremental backups every 15 minutes, create full image backups and even backup to their cloud.

You should also consider an off-site backup option in addition to your on-site backups. There are many companies that offer several different off-site backup storage options. If your office building suffers a major event that damages your hardware and you don’t have an off-site backup, you are pretty much dead in the water. If you have an off-site backup, you will be able to recover your data and get back up and running within hours instead of days.

A backup option that I have implemented on customer sites is the use of a NAS device (QNAP) with multiple drives (Mirrored or a RAID), App Assure backup software and an off-site storage location. The backups run anywhere from every 15 minutes, every 6 hours, or once a day and then the data is uploaded to an off-site location during off hours.

To sum it up, spend the money and put a good backup system in place with some redundancy (Off-Site) this way when that day comes you will be ready.

If you’re interested in implementing a backup plan, please contact us:

 

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