What Every Company Owner Should Know About System Backup and Recovery
By Howard Podgurski
Every company owner should know how much it will cost and how long will it take to recover data from a system failure.
Companies like Carbonite have oversimplified the backup process: Identify your data, schedule or hit the backup tab and everything is saved. Surely, it couldn’t be simpler!
But now try to restore the saved information — it’s one thing to restore image and document files, and it’s a whole 'nother ball game to restore application specific data files.
A Complex Process
Backup and recovery is a complex process because of the variables associated with IT business management. If you Google “IT backup,” more than 600 million searches are found.
Why so much information about such a seemingly straightforward subject?
Why all the options and where do you start?
At a minimum, you need to know the following:
- The amount and type of data (differentiating between program files, custom application preferences files and application data)
- Data change rate (how often data changes, ie. hourly, daily, weekly, etc)
- Recovery time objective by application
- Frequency of backups
- Application specific backup requirements (incremental or complete file backups)
- File location restore requirements
- How to identify file data corruption
These are basic requirements for addressing backups and restores from data loss. The issues of archiving, regulatory and compliance backups and disaster recovery planning are additional factors that may need to be included with your backup plans.
Are You Doing Enough?
Chances are your business is more complex than a few image, music or document files, so a simple backup solution like Carbonite just might not be enough.
Make sure you consider all of your business applications and their requirements before deciding that your solution works. Otherwise, come restore time, you and your data may be at a loss.