With all this infrastructure in place, what if you have a system failure ? What if there is a fire, tornado or other natural disaster ? Would all your years of collected data survive ? Probably not, so this is where system backups become absolutely crucial. In most cases, backups are used for simple quick restores of a single lost or corrupted file, but you must prepare for the possibility of a full scale disaster. This means you must first identify what data is critical, and needs to be protected, then you must establish a regular daily routine of backups that protects this critical data. Also, this data must be backed up to some sort of removable media (usually tape) so that it can be kept off site. Backups that remain on the same site with the equipment being protected provide no value at all. If there is a fire, you certainly don't want your backup media to be in the same building. So off site rotations become an important part of this protection.
We can help you establish good practices for your backups so you are protected in the event disaster strikes. We will make recommendations on hardware devices such as tape drives, auto loaders, disk systems and other targets for your backups, as well as the software counter parts to manage and automate the daily backup schedules. You will rest easier knowing your data is protected.