If you have a server and you’re not backing it up, you are tempting fate. It’s only a matter of time before something tragic will happen: a hardware failure, a hacker, or a corrupted Windows update. Something will bring that server down and do everything it can to take your data with it. Here are some type of backup you can consider for protecting your servers before any disaster happen.
Copy & Paste
The old do it yourself copy and paste method. You just need to manually select the files you want to backup, then copy them to an external hard drive or other external storage. It is free and easy to do, the problem is it does not scale up well. It will only work well if you have a few files that you can using. If the files are accessible by anyone, you might end up with the “File is in use” error when you want to back up it. Lastly it rely too much on the individual to remember to backup and since it is manually done, it can take up productive time of the staff when you have a lot files.
Using tapes and tape drive, you will backup your files to the tape, usually automatically through the aid of a software. Depending on your needs and requirement, a new tape will be put in to the tape drive daily, weekly or monthly to record the data. Due to their longer media lifespan, they are typically used for archiving large amount of old data that does not change. A few things to take note for tape backup are their high failure rate if you do not maintain and monitor the backup on a regular basis, recovery through tape is also quite a hassle.
Software Based (D2D)
The easiest method to backup now is using a backup service or software, which will do the work for you and automatically backup to another hard drive or other backup storage. There are 2 main types of backup in this area, File and Image backup. Both of them serves very different purposes and we will cover their difference in a future article, keep a look out for them! While there are other backup mimicking function like sync which works well for home based users, there are key differences we do not recommend them for business environment. Depending on the type of software used, there may be other features that make your backup life a lot more plain sailing such as automatic healing, reporting and alerting.
In this age of Information, data are key to everything and more than ever businesses need to be able to keep their data protected to ensure business continuity. If you are unsure how to go about protecting up your data, you may want to consult a professional to help you keep them safe.
At Blazon Technologies, we specialized in protecting our clients’ network and data, ensuring they can keep running their business even if disaster strikes them. To find out how we can help you with your security and protection, contact us for more information.