Who Will BackUp The Backups?

There is nothing that is more certain than a good computer that has bad things happen to it. Hard disks can crash. The operating systems can get corrupted. You can lose network connectivity during one of the busiest days of the year. Then you realize that after clicking on delete that you really wanted to save that file.

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Disaster Recovery Plan

One reason why a DR (disaster recovery) plan has to be part of every company’s basic list of IT rules is for the specific reason that bad things do happen. Murphy’s Law says that: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong and at the worst possible time.

That is why you should believe in having a back up to your main backup. So, for example, if you have a cloud service that stores important files that have to be kept, no matter what, then you should have that backup saved somewhere else. You should also keep these extra backup files off-site in the cloud.

During this year alone, we have seen many cloud providers have service losses that ranged from just a few hours to more than just a few days and then some have totally shut down completely. Even well known sites like Facebook, Google Drive and Twitter had cloud crashes.

Service Providers Plan

It is important that your try to keep your options open when you are dealing with service providers. Try to plan in advance for these disasters, like a cloud providers shutting down just before you plan for your own file servers to crash.

Remember, there is no substitute for advanced planning.

Some advice that you should remember: have more than one service provider in different parts of the country and keep at least one backup of crucial data off-site but not too far from your office. Bad things are bound to happen to good people, good companies and good computers and also to good cloud service providers. Having the extra copy of your backup should help reduce the chance that your backups will become inaccessible in case of an emergency.

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