Like all software and hardware solutions today, it is not enough to just purchase a solution, you must properly maintain it as well.
Installing a backup and recovery plan is one thing; managing it to ensure business continuity is a bigger challenge for many businesses. The lack of resources needed to properly manage your backup and recovery investments can result in a flawed solution that doesn’t fully protect your business.
One maintenance activity that is often overlooked is the need for periodic restores and verifications to ensure that data is being saved accurately to your storage media. Tapes can deteriorate over time. In fact, the average shelf life of tape media for reliable data storage is five years. Disks can fail due to writing errors, or they can become corrupt. Periodic restores and verifications will alert you to any issues you have with the accuracy of your data being backup, so you can address and correct these issues to minimize the chance of permanently lost data.
Another maintenance issue many IT departments struggle with today is the new compliance requirements for data encryption that apply to backup data. Many states now mandate that backup data featuring personally identifiable information or public records be encrypted and stored in an off-site location. Failure to comply with these new regulations puts your business at risk for fines, penalties and litigation should that data be breached due to unsafe, unsecured data backup and recovery procedures.
Don’t make the mistake of not properly managing your backup and recovery solutions. If you do, you are essentially throwing money out the window!