In today’s world, data protection is of the utmost importance. Both small and large businesses face a range of threats that can lead to unexpected data loss. A solid backup plan is a must; however, there are misconceptions about backup strategies. In this blog, we separate fact from fiction by busting five common backup myths.
Myth 1: Backup Media Should Be Stored In a Fireproof Safe
During a disaster, you need fast access to your backup data. But storing your data onsite in a fireproof safe isn’t a wise solution. Offices and warehouses are susceptible to water damage and temperature fluctuations which can permanently damage your backup media. That’s why disaster recovery experts recommend storing copies of your data offsite. A media vault protects your backup tapes from fires, floods and natural disasters with state of the art security and monitoring systems. Climate-control technology ensures consistent temperature and humidity levels are maintained to prevent data loss issues.
Myth 2: It’s Okay To Bring Backup Tapes Home
Your corporate data is your most valuable asset, so why put it at risk by taking it home with you? What happens if your tapes are stolen from your car or home? A home is built to live in, not for storing tapes.
An off-site data security solution offers media vaulting and rotation services that give your backup data the protection it deserves. On a scheduled basis, a fully-bonded, uniformed professional will securely transport your most recent backups to a media vault for tracking and management.
Myth 3: Backups Should Be Done on a Weekly Basis
Weekly backup is better than no backup, but it may leave gaps in your data protection strategy. If your data is changing daily, you should backup daily. Month-end backups capture a full snapshot of your archival data. Then, supplement your backup strategy with a data rotation plan. Based on your backup schedule, your data protection partner will rotate, store and manage your media for you.
Myth 4: Online Data Backup Is an Effective Disaster Recovery Strategy
Online data backup is effective for augmenting physical backups, but don’t rely on it as a full disaster recovery strategy. “Cloud” backup services depend on internet availability and bandwidth. When network availability is limited, data restoration is very slow. With an offline backup solution, data can be restored quickly without relying on network availability.
Myth 5: Backup Is For Disaster Prone Businesses
Every business, including yours, is disaster prone. Just because your business may not be built on an earthquake fault line doesn’t mean your data can’t vanish in an instant. It’s more likely you’ll lose data to a power outage, cyber attack or employee error. With a backup plan in place, your data is protected from unexpected loss regardless of the situation.
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