A business should never lose its data, and if it does most time it could have been prevented. More correctly, this blog post should be thought of as the anti-crash course.
Every business has its own set of unique needs. Typically, business technology is built around these needs or adapted as the business evolves to meet specific needs. As technology changes, new issues bubble to the surface that weren’t there before. One such issue is new ways for data storage and backup.
Rebuild Computer Data, Don’t Lose It
There are many different storage solutions and information infrastructures – backup options do change.
How should a business know which solution is best? Let’s take a really brief crash-course look at the basic principles of data-backup.
There are many theories and best practices about backing up data, but generally the idea is that in the case of data loss a company can retrieve and rebuild important, sometimes critical information. That’s a broad statement. Data loss can mean anything from overwriting a file by accident, changing a file type without understanding the risk, data corruption, or complete system failure.
As with real estate, data recovery is about location, location, location. Literally. It’s a good plan to store a copy of data in three places, on-site, off-site but local, and on the other side of the country.
You want to keep data on-site for quick access. You’ll keep data off-site but local in the event of a catastrophe such as a robbery or a fire at the business. Then, to prepare for the absolute worst, keep data completely separated in the event of a major catastrophe such as a hurricane or a regional power outage.
Two Main Computer Backup Options To Choose
What a lot of business owners don’t immediately understand is that there are two separate backup solutions – incremental and full.
An incremental backup keeps a current running copy of the PC. Added or changed files will be mirrored and exist in the backup. Likewise, deleted files will be removed from the backup. There are some incremental solutions that keep a few updates worth of data so backups can be reversed in a limited set time.
A full backup takes an entire image of a PC and stores its current state. Each backup is a separate backup and eats up storage space quickly. These types of backups are absolutely critical to rebuild systems from scratch.
Different solutions to data recovery quickly become complicated and their differences are only meaningful to a few. A specific backup plan may change drastically depending on the type of computers, servers, and other technology used in the business. Likewise, data storage options can, and frequently do, play a role in data backup. Making these decisions even more challenging, each software vendor often has different marketing names for various data backup solutions.
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