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Who is responsible for your backups?

who is responsible

The physical process of backing up your data is typically a role performed by an IT team, or at the very least, someone is allocated the responsibility of changing tapes, such as the receptionist or office manager.

Does this mean that the overall responsibility sits with them? Perhaps it depends on the size of business and their position within it?

Personally, I believe that not enough businesses place enough importance on their backups, reinforced by the fact that many do leave this responsibility to an administrative role within the business.

Remembering what the purpose of a backup is, helps to explain my thought process.

A backup is there to enable your business to recover from any form of data loss in a suitable timescale, whether that be system failure, or complete disaster such as fire or flood. Ultimately, it is to minimise risk to your business and maintain business continuity.

If you are unable to achieve that aim with your current backup process, then something is seriously wrong!

That in mind, who is it who has the overall interest in whether a business can recover or not? Especially if that business could be at risk of losing a significant amount of revenue, productivity or customer confidence during any period of unplanned downtime.

I would suggest that in most cases it is the leaders of the business, directors, partners or owners, that should have the biggest need to consider this.

As a director, can you confidently claim that your backups are effective and support full recoverability of the business?

Backups are not just another part of IT. It is part of an overall business continuity plan that shouldn’t sit simply in IT, but with those at the top.

As a business owner you will appreciate the value in keeping your business operational. A good backup and recovery solution is one of the most critical components in doing that.

It should never be undervalued!


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.