It is crucial that your back up your data to protect it in the event of theft or disaster. Even something as simple as human error can cause catastrophic damage to your business’ data, leaving you without your most valuable asset. However, the number of business owners and decision makers failing when it comes to backups is frightening. Here are a few of the most common ways that you might not be toeing the line.
Not Thinking Big
When you back up your data, how big do you think? What sort of data are you backing up and against what sort of outage or emergency are you planning? If you’re planning for a localized event, such as local flooding or a fire on the premises, you’re not thinking big enough. You need to plan for disasters that might take out the power grid at other locations, and issues that could lead to permanent data wiping. You need to ensure that you’re backing up historically – not just the most recent copy of your data.
Storage Not Protected Against Disaster
You’d think the days of creating backups on tape drives and then storing those tapes on the premises would be long gone, but they’re not. While you might not be using a tape drive, chances are good that you’re backing up to some other media that’s tied to your physical location or stored on your premises. Don’t do this. If nothing else, have two backups – one on the property and one located elsewhere that can be retrieved if and when disaster strikes and wipes out the hardware and data backups stored at your primary location.
Relying Solely on the Cloud
Yes, the cloud is highly beneficial. It offers greater utility, lower costs, and a better ability to transmit files and communicate over larger distances. However, it’s not a panacea to everything, and not all cloud storage solutions are good choices. And, under no circumstances, should you rely solely on the cloud for your backups. This is particularly true with consumer-grade storage options. Instead, look for providers that offer disaster preparedness and recovery solutions for businesses. This will give you access to a cloud-based recovery option, but can also give you other choices, such as your data mailed to you on a DVD for faster recovery.
Not Following the 2 + 1 Protocol
Not all data needs to be safeguarded through multiple redundancies, but the most business critical should be backed up in two separate volumes on two different storage devices. There should be another full backup created and stored at an offsite location to safeguard against theft, or outright destruction in an emergency or natural disaster.
Not Budgeting for the Right Backup Solution
Yes, businesses need to budget to maximize cash flow to where it is needed most. However, too many businesses don’t leave room in their budget for crucial data backup solutions. This should not be an area where you wait and see how much money is left over before you plan how to handle backups. It should be one of the primary areas of spending. After all, your business’ data is your single most valuable asset. It makes sense to provide robust protection out of the gate, rather than relegating it to an afterthought.
These are just a few of the mistakes you might be making when it comes to data storage and backup. It is crucial that you develop a backup and disaster recovery plan, and that it is implemented immediately within your business. There’s simply too much riding on that data to take chances.