When it comes to data backup, there are usually several questions that come up. Your data is one of the most important assets in your business and protecting it, or rather, backing it up is essential to being successful.
When planning your backup solution you will first want to look at how much data you will need to back up. But you don’t want to look at only your current data but you expected data. There are several ways to calculate and predict your data growth so make sure to take advantage of them to build your backup solution to grow over the next few years.
Just taking a data backup of your data isn’t enough, you need to have a “Backup of your backup.” What this means is to have a solution in place that stores or replicates your data to an offsite facility in case something happens to your home location, you won’t lose your data. Some solutions include tapes which are sent to an offsite facility, and replicating your data to an offsite data center.
IT professionals like to talk about security throughout your entire business, and your data is no different. When picking a location to store your redundant backups be sure to consider the safety of your data. The offsite location needs to be a place that will spare your data from a local disaster.
Some might feel that storing the data from the beginning of time sounds like a good idea, but it’s good practice to let some of the data go. This will not only free up space in your data plan but allow your backup solution to serve you for longer. So be sure to carefully plan out your retention plan and when to roll your data.
How will you access your backup? How long would it take for you to backup critical files in a hurry?
Considering the amount of time to access and restore your backups is very important. You can have a solution that requires you to call tapes back and pull data off of them or you can have a setup that allows you to restore files instantly from a backup server or appliance.
Looking for the right data backup solution for your company might be tedious or overwhelming. However, once you have a plan and process in place, you will be able to rest easy and focus on doing what you do best.