What is your Backup Strategy?
When designing your enterprise backup strategy, we recommend following the 3-2-1 rule. This backup policy best practice calls for you to save your data in several different ways, so you always have a copy of your information. Here’s how:
– Make 3 copies of your data.
– Keep 2 local copies on two different devices.
– Keep 1 off-site copy.
In addition to employing the 3-2-1 backup strategy, there are a few other best practices you should implement.
1: Backup your data every night
After work is done for the day, take advantage of the lull in activity and back up your data. This way, anything new created throughout the day is secure and ready for retrieval the next time work begins.
2: Set a schedule
Take the pressure off your backup strategy by setting a schedule for the system to automatically back up. Most backup software solutions have a scheduling function. Use it!
3: Protect yourself
Use fire-proof safes to house your physical backup devices. Things happen and, should your office fall victim to a fire, flood or any other natural disaster, you’ll be grateful your on-site backup is in a safe place.
4: Test your backups
Your backup is there to save the day, so don’t just trust that it will work. Your backup won’t do much good if the data is corrupted or the retrieval process is broken in some way. Schedule regular tests to restore a few random files and make sure the process flows smoothly.
Read full article by Mike Cobb, Director of Engineering at DriverSavers