3 myths of data backup that provide a false sense of security
If your server suddenly crashed and all your data was erased, how long would it take before your business was back up and running as usual?
If you aren’t sure, or if you think it would only be a short period of time, read on. Below are three common, costly myths that most business owners believe about their data backup that give them a false sense of security.
Myth #1: Tape backups are a reliable way to secure your data
Wrong! Tape backups have an average failure rate of 50-100% (no, that’s not a typo). What makes this even worse is that tape backups will appear to be working, giving you a false sense of security. (You can read more about the debate between tape vs. disk backups here, as well as in this article).
Myth #2: Backing up your data will allow you to restore your network to its original state, quickly and easily
Wrong again! Having just a copy of your data doesn’t guarantee this at all. To help you understand, let me give you a simple analogy…
…Suppose you made an exact replica of all the items in your house right now and put them offsite in a storage facility — that’s a backup of your “data.” If your house burned to the ground (God forbid!) we would have to rebuild the house (the server, software and supporting environment) before we could restore all your items back from the storage facility. That will take some time. That’s why having an offsite copy of your data doesn’t guarantee you’ll be back up and running quickly. It could take several days – possibly weeks – before everything was restored; and that’s assuming you have the data in a clean state and all of the originally installed software disks.
Myth #3: Backup is automatically working without having to do periodic test restores
We see this happening a lot; business owners think their backups are working because they don’t see any error messages or apparent problems. Then, when they need to restore a file, they discover the backups stopped working months ago and all that data is gone.
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