In many businesses, managers assume their data is getting backed up and that if they get a virus, if their server crashes, or if someone accidentally deletes a file, their IT guy will go into the backup and restore the data, and you’ll be good-to-go in a matter of minutes.
That’s not the case for way too many businesses.
The fact is, data may or may not be getting backed up in the first place. And even if measures are in place for automated backups, there is no guarantee that it can be easily, efficiently, and accurately recovered, unless it’s properly installed, maintained, and tested on a regular basis.
I’ve seen too many companies bank on the backup device they bought years ago, only to be sorely disappointed to find out that their data is gone.
Tossing a backup drive onto desktops is NOT the way to store data. Using tape drives or an external hard drive on your server isn’t the way either. An effective backup system is part of an overall business continuity and security strategy. It should be centralized, automated, and not dependent on a human touching it to work.
Data backup is a key business process that must be continuously managed to work properly. It takes a planned strategy based upon a number of business factors to select the appropriate storage options (and there are many) to protect your business now and into the future.