Jim Griffiths, our Solutions Architect, gave us some insight into the world of backup and recovery. Here are the FoxNet Top 5 Q & A we get on backup and recovery. Jim gives some great tips for you and your business.
1. Why is it important to know about backup?
Backup is important, but even more important is the ability to RESTORE data from the backup. A good backup scheme should be focused on meeting the application requirements for the time to return data to operation (recovery time objective – RTO) and the point in time that the restored data is restored to (recovery point objective – RPO).
How do you know you have a backup issue?
You have a backup issue if you can’t meet your objectives. Other factors are being able to meet the backup window (the time required for a backup to complete), and to insure that you are backing up all the required data. A well planned and documented backup procedure helps to make sure that you are able to backup and restore the data to meet the business requirements.
Can backup affect productivity?
Productivity can be affected if data that is required can’t be restored, or if it can’t be restored in the timeframe required by the business.
What are some of the options to solve backup?
Options to help solve backup and restore include selecting backup software that allows you to meet your objectives, and backup hardware that allows you to meet your backup windows and to restore effectively within the time required. Disk systems with integrated snap shot functionality, backup to disk technologies and streaming tape solutions are some of the technologies that can help.
Consider the business priorities and application requirements when structuring your backup and determining RPO and RTO. Meeting your backup window, RPO and RTO requirements should be the drivers when making software and hardware selections for backing up and restoring your data, rather than choosing technologies first and trying to make them fit your requirements later.
Backup and restore should be part of a good data management strategy, which includes things like data maintenance, classification, archiving, availability and disaster recovery.