This last of my backup/recovery best practices is far from the least of them:
#10 Conduct regular testing and reviews of your data recovery capabilities
Backups can be corrupted (especially if they’re tape-based) and too often backups are performed incorrectly. Key files, directories, or components may have been excluded, especially if your infrastructure has undergone adds or deletes.
So you and your Backup Czar need to test your data recovery capabilities often and review your data backup strategy at least annually (quarterly is better) to make sure your backup/recovery capabilities are keeping up with your business.
6 essentials to look for in a backup/recovery services provider
As you explore which backup/recovery solutions will work best for your business, take the time to find a provider with leading-edge infrastructure and technologies as well as the skill and experience to keep your data safe and secure.
Make sure your provider knows how to deal with backup/recovery technical complexities so you don’t have to. And perhaps most important of all, you’ll want a provider who is both willing and able to understand the needs of your business and design an affordable backup/recovery solution just for you.
In particular, look for:
- Cloud backup/recovery via a secure virtualization-based datacenter infrastructure
- Data replication/vaulting services
- SAS-70 Type II certification
- Ability to integrate a range of backup/recovery and business continuity services
- Security-focused regulatory compliance and archiving services
- Complimentary assessment of your organization’s backup/recovery needs