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What is the purpose of backup?

Purpose Backup

In recent weeks I have found myself repeating the same questions several times: Why do we backup data? What is its fundamental purpose?

The simple answer is, to be able to recover data.

Whether it is a single file or full partition, the reason we backup is to give us the ability to retrieve important data when necessary. So I am still surprised when I talk to businesses who dont know how recoverable their data actually is.

What I have now found myself saying to businesses is ‘you might as well not bother backing up, if you cannot recover your data when you need it’.

There is almost an acceptance that you will get the odd failure with a tape based backup solution; Be it a forgotten tape change, a software failure or data corruption. Why should that be acceptable though? Surely if you are backing up data, you actually want to know the backup has been successful? Even worse, 90% of SMBs have never actually carried out a test restore from their tape solutions. So even if you are changing those tapes everyday, it could be for nothing!

It is important not to underestimate the importance of being able to recover your data when necessary. Whether in a Disaster Recovery situation such as fire or flood, or failure of an individual server, getting your critical data back quickly and in its entirety is key to business continuity and reduction of disruption.

So the next time you are taking a backup, or changing your tapes, don’t forget why you are doing it.

About the Author

Written by Pete Hughes

Pete is currently Head of Product Management at Taylor Made Computer solutions. Pete has a strong "hands on" technical background that is crucial to his role in developing the TMCS product lines. Pete’s Technical experience includes VMware, Microsoft, Asigra, N-Able and Citrix technologies and is regularly seen at Managed Services and Hosting events in Europe and worldwide. When the time is available Pete enjoys a variety of water sports including Yacht racing and a passion for the mountains and anything that involves snow.