Most IT experts will agree that in order for a business to survive a data disaster, they need some sort of data backup plan or business continuity plan in place. Regardless of the type of plan, or systems integrated, all of your IT systems need to have at least one backup copy. In the last blog, we took a look at the first four tips to help improve your data backups, let’s continue in this part 2 blog with the final four tips.
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While there are many different and important tasks a business needs to do, one of the most important is to back up your company data. Your data is important often impossible to recreate. I promise you the day will come (if it hasn’t yet) where you will have catastrophic loss of data. Most business owners realize this and do back up their data, but it can be a challenge to an owner on how to setup and operate a really reliable and low cost data backup plan. In order to help, I have come up with eight data backup tips, four of which we will review in this blog.
Unfortunately, many companies that experience an IT “data loss event” also discover, at this critical time, that their backed-up data is corrupted and not restorable. The fact is that data can become corrupted during the back-up process. Therefore, most managed service IT providers offering back-up solutions for clients will perform data integrity checks at the time IT data is sent off site. Though this is a good practice, and can provide a level of comfort for businesses, the truth is that data can also become corrupted over time while residing on spinning disk drives at an off-site location. This type of occurrence, known in the industry as “silent data corruption,” is literally caused by the rotting of the storage media where the data is housed. So even though businesses may feel they are “good” with their data backup, that actually may not be the case.