Three Things You Need To Consider When Planning Your Back Up Methods

Posted by Gaw Technology on 11/5/2013

“Always be prepared” may be the Boy Scouts’ motto, but many server room managers and IT workers live by those three words.  Having spare wall mount cabinets and wires can help you with a few emergencies, but there are some emergencies that will require a little more planning.  Only a portion of the average server room worker’s job is devoted to the maintenance and upkeep of servers, many workers spend a lot of time ensuring that their data is protected in case of an accident or an emergency.  No server room is 100% protected against fires, equipment failures, and power outages; even the NSA’s data centers have experienced significant problems over the past few months.  You can’t prevent problems from happening, but you can take precautions to ensure that your data is protected. 

Backing up data is an important part of every IT workers job, and your backup methods should be carefully evaluated to ensure that they’re the best for your data needs.  When you’re thinking about how to handle backing up your data, make sure to keep these things in mind.

Recovery/Down Time

Every IT worker wants their systems up and running and their data accessible as soon as possible, but these things can take time after problems occur.  Some businesses will be okay after experiencing a few hours of downtime after their serves go offline, but other businesses can’t spare a minute of time when it comes to server matters.  If you’re managing servers and data for company that can’t afford to have any time where their servers are down, you may want to consider having both off-site and on-site backup options.  You can rely on off-site backups for significant problems, and on-site backups for minor problems. 

Critical Data

In a perfect world with limitless storage space and memory every company would have servers that contain every piece of data collected over the years.  Technically any and all data your servers collect can be viewed as critical or important, but the truth is that some data and information is more important than others.  Determining what kind of data is most important for your business can help save you a lot of storage space, and help ensure that you have access to the important data you need in case there is a problem.  Once you determine which data is the most important for your business, you may want to consider having that backed up to a secondary site in case there’s a problem.  Having your critical data stored in a back-up location can help ensure that you never lose your most critical information.

Hosting Location(s)

Ideally every business would have both on-site and off-site data storage facilities, but some businesses can’t afford to have both.  Choosing whether to store your backup data on-site and off-site can be a tough choice, but it ultimately comes down to what would be the best for your business.  If your business is located in an area where extreme weather events are common, you may want to have your back up data stored somewhere that has calmer weather.  If your main concern with backup data is ensuring that you can have access to it quickly, on-site storage may be best for your needs.

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