With all the options one has to choose from when it comes to data backup and disaster recovery, it can easily be an overwhelming process. Fortunately we here at Tech Experts break-down some of the industry standards and practices and why they are better choices than some of the offered services today.
The idea of having good backups of your data has been a business practice for quite a long time, even before word processors became a standard. It can be the difference between losing all your client data and having the minor inconvenience of retrieving the backup. Ensuring that your backups are happening regularly, the data is good and they are located in a climate controlled, secure location is of utmost importance. Here’s why.
Ensuring that your backups are in fact being done on a regular basis is the biggest stumbling block for some. This can be as easy as having a backup agreement with a tech service company (such as Tech Experts) and having them setup the online managed backups. Most IT companies can handle this with little to no interference with your workflow. They can also then monitor the backup activity and be notified in the event something did not execute correctly.
Checking to make sure the data that has been backed up is a very important step, one not to be ignored or overlooked. If you run tape backups it can be as easy as running a diagnostic on the tape, confirming that there is it’s good and there is readable data on the tapes. You want to ensure your data is always intact and not corrupt.
Maintaining an off-site secure storage facility for your backups is just as important as the previous two steps. This will protect against any physical threat or accidents to the data at your home or office. A fire, flood, or even an disgruntled worker could cause unnecessary down time. Make sure that you have a trusted vendor to provide proper support for your off-site data storage and recovery.
If you find yourself missing any or all three of these important steps in your data backup/disaster recovery plan, give us a call and schedule a diagnosis of your current standards and practices.