While backing up your data isn't rocket science, there are many misconceptions about what constitutes an effective business backup strategy. To help you make sure your business data is safe and recoverable, we've provided answers to the most frequently-asked questions about backup.
Should I Back Up to Tape or the Cloud?
Backing up your data to tape is more cost-effective than backing up to the cloud. It’s also quicker to retrieve data from a local device than online, especially if you have a large amount of data to restore. As long as your backup media is professionally stored and managed, it can be retrieved and delivered to you quickly in support of your organization’s data recovery objectives.
What Should I Back Up?
As a rule of thumb, back up all data you’re legally required to keep, and any information absolutely essential for operating your business, including:
- Contracts and agreements
- Tax records
- Proprietary applications or software
In addition to the data stored on your server, make sure to also back up local hard drives, thumb drives, CD/DVDs, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.
How Often Should I Back Up My Data?
The more often you back up, the better. A comprehensive data protection strategy uses a combination of daily, weekly and monthly backups. With a professional media rotation service, each time you back up, your media is securely transferred to a media vault for secure storage and then rotated back to you in accordance with your backup schedule.
How Do I Know My Backup Data Is Accurately Written to My Media?
It's always wise to verify your backup data. Hardware and software failures and even environmental factors can compromise the integrity of your digital information. To ensure data recovery for your organization, build time into your schedule for testing the reliability of your backups.
What is The Most Secure Place to Store My Backup Media?
To protect your data from disaster and ensure business continuity for your organization, it's best to store your backup media in a secure location separate from your facility. An offsite digital media storage service offers the most reliable and secure solution. After your data is backed up, it's transferred to a media vault by a screened and trained data protection technician. The media vault is designed with the following features to preserve and protect media from theft, fires, floods and natural disasters:
- Climate monitoring and regulation
- Strict access control
- Continuous digital surveillance
- Fire suppression and detection systems
When stored offsite in a media vault, your backup data is continuously protected and easily recoverable.
Understanding data backup helps you protect your business. If you have a backup question, simply give us a call at 888-595-5656 and we'll answer it for you.
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