The experience of losing your data unexpectedly is always a painful one and here at ACE Data Recovery the unfortunate reality that we see every day is the vast majority of data loss can be avoided with proper backup solution. The bigger question is what doesn't qualify, when a backup solution is not a backup solution.
Here is an introductory list of things that are NOT the proper ways to implement a backup solution for business critical data.
We'll be delving further into the details of a comprehensive backup and recovery methods in the future but the minimum requirements are to follow the long standing "3-2-1 Principle".
In summary, you will need 3 copies of your data on… 2 physical devices and…1 off-site.
Some things do NOT satisfy a single "digit" of this backup principal and are not considered significantly more reliable than an independent single drive backup.
Though it should be obvious, one of the most commonly overlooked and most dangerous aspects of backup is neglecting proper verification.
I'll be covering the obvious and not so obvious details of a proper verification/restoration in more detail in future posts, but here are some brief examples.
Generally, cloud backup solutions should not be considered as primary backup, but instead be considered a simplified and/or inexpensive way of satisfying the "1 off-site" part of a general 3-2-1 backup scheme.
We'll touch briefly on public cloud backup here, but I'll be going into more detail about Business-focused solutions in future posts.
Overall there's a lot to take in here and a lot more left to cover from RAID Reliability to VM and Database Migration to the details of various ‘cloud' services. I'll be fleshing those details out in future posts in this series. Make sure to check this page periodically to get the latest updates.