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Top 10 Pitfalls of Traditional Data Backup Methods

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    Another poor assumption that IT administrators often make is the length of time it will take to restore data. Some data backup systems make this process difficult because of the need to recatalog data sets and determining the correct tape where the data lies. After these steps, the restore occurs (you hope; see Pitfall #1). But that assumes the tape backup you need is sitting right there. Disaster recovery plans usually call for data to be taken offsite. So there are times, especially after a business disruption event, that it may take days to get the tapes back to even begin a restore procedure.
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Top 10 Pitfalls of Traditional Data Backup Methods

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    Another poor assumption that IT administrators often make is the length of time it will take to restore data. Some data backup systems make this process difficult because of the need to recatalog data sets and determining the correct tape where the data lies. After these steps, the restore occurs (you hope; see Pitfall #1). But that assumes the tape backup you need is sitting right there. Disaster recovery plans usually call for data to be taken offsite. So there are times, especially after a business disruption event, that it may take days to get the tapes back to even begin a restore procedure.
Data backup is a fundamental part of nearly every organization’s disaster recovery and business continuity plans. But long gone are the days when you had a simple tape backup drive connected to a computer with a single tape that would back up days and weeks worth of data to a single tape.

The volume of data organizations back up is enormous and growing larger all the time.  Different strategies have been used by companies to back up their data. Larger, more sophisticated tape backup systems are often used. More progressive organizations have employed remote data backup services where data is backed up over the Internet to a secure facility. Regardless of which method companies use, Perimeter CTO Kevin Prince says there seem to be some common pitfalls that can severely affect a company’s processes and bottom line.

Using an up-to-date remote data backup solution with such features as file de-duplication, in-file de-duplication and compression will not only solve the problems of traditional tape backup and older remote data backup solutions, it will save you thousands of dollars in what is ultimately a far superior solution. If you got burnt when trying a previous iteration of remote data backup or still use a tape backup system, now is the time to evaluate a better solution in order to avoid these common pitfalls.

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