Data backup, a reliable solution is a must …
I frequently have to visit new clients who have a computer or server that has stopped working, on too many occasions when I ask if a data backup exists I receive an answer like;
- I backed up a few months ago (better than nothing)
- Its around here somewhere.
- I have been meaning to get around to that.
The three rules for safe computing are ;
It is a guarantee that hardware fails and computer users must have a data backup solution that underpins everything they do.
I have seen hard drives fail well inside the manufactures warranty period, remember your data is not covered by warranty.
A local data backup solution for home users costs many times less than data recovery on a failed hard drive, which can run into the thousands.
In the event of a virus or malware infection knowing the users data is safely stored away from the infected computer can give them some peace of mind while the computer is repaired.
Users should always test to make sure the data is accessible from backups.
Along with backing up users must ensure the testing of them regularly to confirm recovery is possible.
Backing up to DVD? Note nothing lasts forever.
Backing up to an external hard drive? A light on doesn’t mean someone is home.
Backing up to the cloud? Is it accessible when you need it and is it secure?
Users need a backup regime that ensures;
- Data the customer wants is backed up – a correct assessment of your needs is done prior to installing a backup solution.
- Version control of the data – with incremental backups..
- Useless data is excluded from backups – while backing up everything is safe, it can use a lot of space.
- Easy to use – users need to be able to recover data.