Are you saving data to the right location? are your users? is what you think is safe actually safe? We can check for you!
There are some things which should be considered when reviewing a backup plan.
The prices are dropping – The price of cloud backup plans are changing rapidly as more and more companies are stepping into the market, and new, more efficient data centers are coming online.
How are you being charged for your backup; Per Server, Per Device, or Per Gigabyte? – Older plans are structured around the amount of data stored or used, much like current cellular data plans. Most current cloud backup plans charge a fixed-fee for each device being backed-up. Depending on how you backup your data this could save you time and money.
Does your back-up have some redundancy? Should it? – In general, redundancy is seen as a problem, but when it comes to backing up important data redundancy is critical. You should have both local and remote copies of your data. While off-site storage is generally very safe, it can take a sometime to upload and download a large amount of data. A local copy of your backup will be much faster to restore, but it is far less secure. Having copies in both locations is a hybrid backup plan.
Should you utilize a bare metal backup and restore? – Does your provider offer bare metal backup and restore? If you have an older server fail, chances are you will want to replace it. A bare metal backup will save the server’s operating system, software, users, database configuration and some settings. A bare metal restore then allows your old data to be cloned to the new server without having to reload and update your servers OS and software, which generally takes much longer than restoring data. All that’s left to do is a bit of configuration; this approach can save a great deal of time in the event of a failure.
What is being backed up? – Is the right data being backed up? Are your employees saving files to the right locations to be backed up? Is your backup provider backing up just the files? Or are they backing up snapshots, blocks, or entire Virtual Machines?
Are certain computers more important than others for productivity? – Are you backing up important desktop computers? Many companies run software which requires older operating systems or hardware, are these machines being backed up? What about laptops used by field technicians or traveling executives? If these machines are lost or they have a hardware failure having backups that can be restored to another laptop quickly might save your production schedules.
Are you backing up Virtual Machines?– If you have Virtual Servers or Virtual Machines backing up the entire machine will allow you to easily move it to another pc or another server. This can have you up and running much faster than an entire server can be restored or rebuilt. This can also be used to reload an old version of a database or accounting system if you need to restore to a previous version without compromising the current production environment.
How much time will it take to restore your data? – Backup plans are like insurance policies for your data: the options you pick should be based on how important the data is, how difficult or expensive it is for your company to operate if a system or multiple systems fail, and how long it will take to get up and running again. Some backup vendors are offering instant virtualization; this can get you on your feet in no time.
In short, the technology behind securing our data has come a long way quickly, there are numerous options, it’s just a matter of sorting out which is right for your business. If you would like some help reviewing your current software and plan call us we’ll look it over for free.