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5 Components of a Solid Backup Strategy Before The Storm

5 backup tips resized 600World events over the past decade and a half have made it clear just how important it is for companies to be prepared for disaster. In addition to mitigating risk, you have to be prepared for threats to your organization. Whether these threats come in the form of a natural disaster or even more mundane problems like power failure, data loss can completely devastate your business and leave you dead in the water. If you don’t have a solid backup strategy before the storm comes, you can find yourself in big trouble.

There are at least five specific areas of backup and disaster recovery that need to be worked into your backup strategy, before that storm hits:

1. Redundancy. Disk redundancy is inherent in most enterprise-class server technology. Disk arrays divide your data and replicate it across a series of physical drives that failure of a single drive does not result in significant loss of data. While RAID storage is standard on servers as well as data storage appliances, you may need to devote time, resources and policies to making sure it is correctly configured and implemented.

2. Primary backups. Your organization’s primary backups will typically take the form of a second physical repository of data, such as tape, disk, or external attached drives or storage attached network devices. The primary backups will likely be designed in full, incremental, differential or continuous schemes; most organizations use a combination of those to maximize their backup strategy in the most efficient way possible.

3. Secondary backups. A solid backup strategy requires you to not have all of your data eggs in one physical basket. That means either an offsite backup storage facility, or even a cloud-based secondary backup. The biggest concern for cloud backups, of course, is your bandwidth.

4. Disaster recovery plan. Your disaster recovery plan needs to include specific and detailed procedures for rebuilding your data infrastructure from the ground up. That includes everything from the operating system and licensing all the way through restoration of the most reliable and recent backup available.

5. Data protection. All too often sensitive or mission-critical data gets stored not on network shares but on personal computers or even other devices. A solid backup strategy includes user education to help make sure that important data is stored in such a way that it can be part of the backup procedures.

After the storm hits, it’s too late to start thinking about your backup strategy.

Unitiv is here to help, schedule your backup assessment here or info[at]unitiv.com

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.