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Backups and Disaster Recovery, we all hate paying for insurance until the day we actually need it…..

We live in an unforgiving digital age…..

1. How important is your data to you?

2. How long will it take you to recover your business if you lose your data.

3. During that time, how much will it cost your business?

4. How often do you check your backups?

5. Are your backups regularly and securely moved offsite?

All too often backups are tested the day they are needed, this 'seat of the pants' approach is one of the most concerning aspects of the digital age we live in. People will destroy your data to exploit you, for profit and just for fun. There are viruses and malware out there that are determined to infiltrate your systems, 24/7 they relentlessly search for exploits in your systems with one purpose in mind, to access and either steal your data, encrypt your data and to hold you to ransom or to simply destroy your data and put you out of business.

The basic principles of backups are.

1. Deletion or Corruption! Data recovery should you delete or corrupt a file, this should be fast and local.

2. System failure! Data recovery should you have a system failure. This also should be fast and local.

3. Malware, virus or attack! Data recovery should you have a virus, malware or malicious attack. This should be from a remote source or an offline backup. This type of data loss is usually far reaching to include locally attached backup devices USB, NAS etc. if your operating system can see the drive, then probably so can a malware, virus or attacker. I cannot STRESS the importance of automated offsite backups by systems that the OS cannot directly see.

Very common mistakes are:

Trusting colleagues and employees with passwords or access to your systems and devices….

Single Spindle Devices. If you backup to a device with a single hard disk in it, you are a disaster waiting to happen. Even the best manufactured drives can fail. Backup Devices should at minimum be on a raided array, this basically means that data is stored over multiple drives and the system can recover from drive failures within the array, usually you would have a standby drive in addition to the array for automated recovery.

Even backups to raided arrays are not on their own sufficient, I always argue that you cannot have enough copies of your data or backups. I would always expect to move a backup from local storage, to remote storage and then onto long term storage. With anything else, you can expect to lose data in quite a few of the above given scenarios, the choice is yours……

Most if not all the systems I use have multiple drives, multiple controllers, multiple power supplies. 99% uptime sounds great until you consider that over a year, my devices are at least what is known as the 5x9's 99.999% uptime…..

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