Data Back Up, Recovery and Erasure: A Guide for Corporate IT

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Backup Protocols

Establish backup protocols that fit your storage environment (and comply!).

Data backup protocols may seem like table stakes, but Kroll Ontrack receives over 40,000 data recovery requests each year – and many are from corporations that failed to properly back up data. As organizations continue to adopt more advanced storage environments, backup methods need to advance as well. The following guidelines are a starting point for establishing effective backup protocol:

  • Inventory all storage systems and applications to identify systems that need to be backed up.
  • Define the timeframe the organization can reasonably be without each application or dataset and a timeframe for how long it will take to recreate each.  
  • Create a written backup plan (there may be insurance discounts for implementing).
  • Train team members on the details and expectations of the backup plan, and test their skills (and your backup) on a regular basis to demonstrate backups that were successfully created.
  • Monitor the backup on a regular basis to catch something as it happens, rather than when it is too late.
  • Create a written disaster recovery plan including contact numbers for individuals and companies that will assist in the recovery (there may be insurance discounts for implementing).

Data. Today, it is practically a living organism. Corporate-created data is emerging, growing and evolving at a rate of unparalleled proportions. As the volume of data multiplies, organizations are striving to glean actionable insights and value from it. But to do this effectively, a company must properly manage data to keep a record of information they can use now – or in the future.

Many companies are not increasing their data management capabilities at the same pace that data is growing. In fact, 30 percent of IT staffers surveyed by Kroll Ontrack said they do not have clear insight into what specific information is stored within their tape archives — and that's just one type of storage system. IT departments must address how they back up and store information to be able to garner value from data.

In this slideshow, Todd Johnson, vice president of data and storage technologies, Kroll Ontrack, has identified tips that will help enterprise IT departments narrow down an approach to more effective data management. In short, companies must update corporate data management protocols to accommodate the explosion of data in the enterprise, implement technologies and services that support a healthy data storage process, and understand and apply data backup and recovery best practices.


Related Topics : Fujitsu, Storage Virtualization, Desktop Virtualization, Virtual Tape Library, InfiniBand

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