When I ask a business owner about his data backup system, the typical answer is: We do a backup every day. The problem is, simply creating a daily backup isn’t enough to protect your data in the event of a catastrophic loss. What you need is a proven backup system and a tested disaster recovery plan.
When considering your backup and disaster recovery system, and budgeting accordingly, here are some of the questions you need to ask – and answer – honestly:
I have met many CEOs and business owners who have backup and disaster recovery plans. But they are just that: plans. Too often, these plans haven’t been put into place; and if they have been put place, they usually have not been tested.
Although putting your plan in writing is an important first step, a disaster recovery system is useless until it has been put into place, tested and is proven to work. And, your backup is worthless until it has been proven to restore data.
Here is one way to go about planning, implementing and testing your data backup and disaster recovery plan:
Just as a grade school might practice fire drills or earthquake preparedness, it is important that you and your staff practice and test your backup and disaster recovery plan at least twice a year. This testing is the only way to discover problems in your plan and make corrections before it’s too late. By following these steps, you can rest assured that a disaster won’t prove your plan wrong.
Josh Stearns is Vice President of Sales & Marketing at AccuBuild. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 800-728-6853 x801.
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