The Golden Rules of Data Backup

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Data backup is something our team recommends to everyone. It could save your business from complete disaster in the future. It doesn’t have many costs associated with it, but you would be surprised to learn how many people rarely back up their data. Our team is here today to share our data backup best practices to help avoid a disaster in the future for your business. Even the smallest incident could lead to a huge disaster recovery effort, which very few of us have the time or energy for. Having a data backup plan in place and a recovery strategy to help overcome issues could make or break your company’s future.

Follow the 3-2-1 Rule

The 3-2-1 rule is one of the most commonly cited rules when discussing BDR and disaster recovery. This rule suggests that your business should do the following:

  • Store a minimum of three copies of your data
  • Two of these backups should remain on separate storage media
  • One backup stays stored offsite, such as in the cloud

The 3-2-1 rule is a simple principle to follow to help you recover any data. This works in the case of an emergency. You don’t just have one backup in place. Instead, you’ll have options that will work in a variety of disaster recovery situations. Let’s discover how these stages should be followed for the best results.

Keeping Three Copies

Three copies of your data often seems like a lot to business owners. However, this ensures there are ways to keep your business running no matter what happens. Your primary production data and the two extra copies will protect you in almost any emergency situation.

Two Copies on Separate Media

Two separate storage media options will ensure that if your server is compromised, your business will still be able to recover. A BDR service can help to protect your data with one copy onsite and another stored in the cloud.

An Offsite Copy

If your workplace is physically damaged or attacked, then the offsite copy will be essential for your disaster recovery. This means that even if a flood or fire occurs in your workplace, you’ll be able to remotely restore your data. Then, get back to work as soon as possible.

Our team is here to support you with your data backup needs. We ensure that you are protected regardless of what challenges come your way in the future. Get in touch with us today to learn more about the services we offer to businesses and how we can support your operations this year.