Data Backup is rarely part of a home computer user or corporate IT administrator’s plans, we all say it will never happen to me or my company, but in reality, we are just mentally preparing for the moment we have our data to lose. Quitting smoking, we all know we should, but we will find every excuse not to do it. So be honest with yourself and ask yourself, do you have a backup plan for your data or, more importantly, a recovery plan that will protect your business in case something goes wrong? All executives and business owners will now tell you that computers are no longer a useful part of our lives, but are now an absolute necessity. The most important asset of any organization. Again, what would happen if you lost your data and what do you do to protect it?
The reasons for data loss are endless, human interference, hardware failure, software failure, natural disaster, loss, theft, we can continue, but one thing we can be sure of: over time, the list will get longer and more extensive.
Have you ever been stolen or lost?
I’ve been in the information technology industry for about 25 years, and as you can imagine, I’ve heard some strange stories about computer and server theft. You forgot you left your laptop on the roof of your car; The problem is that when he was 160 miles down the road (lost data) he realized my friend’s office collapsed twice in two nights, the first time resulting in the loss of desktop computers and the total destruction of the alarm system &; some lost data; and the second night was to take the servers along with the backup device and the media! Apparently, the heavy stuff was stolen on the second night as the thieves had more time because the alarm wasn’t cleared fast enough (total data loss and the company shut down within 8 months). Avoid data loss in the first place by implementing a data protection plan.
If you’ve never lost your laptop or you’re entire IT infrastructure has been stolen then well done so prepare for a hardware failure now. There are mainly only three mechanical parts in a laptop, computer, or server; 1) hard drive, 2) backup drive 3) CD or DVD drives are failing and if it hasn’t happened already don’t get me wrong, if you take a broken drive to an expert, they will likely get most of your data get back (ugh) but expect to pay over £ 5000 for the pleasure (no uh). Save money; avoid data loss in the first place by implementing a data protection plan.
Fire or disaster (natural or not)
I live in the UK it’s a lovely place as we have no problem with forest fires, earthquakes, hurricanes etc so there will never be a major natural disaster wiping out most of a city. What I thought until the Buns field oil refinery exploded and crushed everything for a 3-mile radius. There are a million reasons and scenarios I can tell you to illustrate why you should back up your business data. We all know that the practice of backing up data is nothing more than common sense. Confidential or critical mission data that you do not want or cannot lose should be protected. PROTECT YOUR DATA! If you honestly believe that you don’t need to back up your data because you will never lose it, please stop reading this article now and do something a little less boring.
Let’s talk about the different ways you can protect your data and other backup services. By agreeing to the following, you can find the solution that best suits you or your business.
CD backup solution.
Backing up your archive data to CD is easy, it can take a long time each night, and you need to be disciplined to spend up to an hour each night doing this task. The drive is not an automated process and we all know people are busy. After you’ve backed up your data to a CD, always check that the data is actually on the CD and then take it home with you. There is no point in leaving them and their hardware to be stolen or destroyed by fire.
Please do not use a CD to archive data (documents with long-term security), as you do not expect this form of media to remain stable for more than 2 years.
Backup to CD has many limitations, but it is certainly better than not backing up your data at all.
RAID: It is not a backup, but it protects the server disks.
All servers should have every means to stay alive. Running a RAID configuration helps prevent data loss due to hard drive failure. If you have 3 drives in a RAID 5 configuration, your server will tolerate failure on a single unit. It won’t protect you from fire, flood, theft, or any other disaster waiting for you, but it does provide business continuity.
Secure backup and restore of external data by a third-party organization.
External backup or backup methods over the Internet are usually associated with larger companies. In the past, the high cost of high-speed connections was prohibitive for smaller businesses.
This method of data backup is now fully accepted and is gaining importance worldwide. The main reason for this growth is that the prices for high-speed Internet connections have fallen sharply, practically all businesses and households are connected to the Internet via a pipeline of data in a secure external data center.
For me, the best element of an offsite backup solution is not the high level of encryption security, the price, or the replicated infrastructure specifically designed to store your data, but the fact that an offsite backup solution is a fully automated set-and-forget process. Once you’ve set up the software to back up your data at a specific time each day, you can simply forget about it and get on with your work protecting your data.
If I were in control of your backup process, I would implement all three of the above options: a RAID system for business continuity, off-site backup to keep all of my business data safe and for quick recovery, a CD – Backing up only my mission’s critical data that will keep my business going.