Losing even a small part of vital data can be devastating to a business. Having a reliable and consistent data backup is imperative, and here are some basic insights into what you should consider drawing up a backup plan.
1. Backup types – will you need a complete system image backup or only certain files/databases.
2. Total storage size – how much storage space will you need if you decide to back up all your data. What if you just backed up critical data and configurations only?
3. Data importance – how important is the data to be backed up? Here you may have to list ‘levels’ of importance for various types of data and identify how much and what kind of data loss is acceptable.
4. Frequency of backup – how often does your data change, and how frequently do you need to back up your data-daily, weekly, monthly?
5. Recovery time – how much time is acceptable for data to be restored in case of a disaster?
6. Security – what data needs to be kept confidential? Who has access to confidential data?
7. Scalability – a data backup strategy needs to plan for future growth of a business and the amount of new data that may be needed to be backed up.
8. Testing – are your backups working correctly? Can you recover data from the backups and how long will the actual recovery take?
As a part of long – term plans, a business should develop, implement and fully test a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery plan.
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