Top 10 Backup Best Practices

10 Backup Best Practices – Rules of the Road for CIOs and DR/BC Managers

Backup PolicyTop 10 Backup Best Practices – Many CIOs want to improve their ability to recover from system failures and data loss, especially to protect themselves from natural and man made disasters like a terrorist attack.  The cloud can supplement an enterprises backup disaster recovery and business continuity backup solutions.  Here are 10 backup best practices that most world class CIOs have implemented according to Janco Associates.

  • Local back-up is good but cloud is better – As Catarina and Sandy proved when it comes to having a backup and recovery process that works, the most cost effective and often best performance is delivered by using resources local to the systems and data being restored. However in an extended outage like a hurricane when power is out and the data center is down you need the cloud based solution.
  • Know the systems and the dependencies when the data center is down – You should know which servers and data that organization’s day-to-day operations will need when the data center is down.
  • Utilize replication backups – Consider the ability to use replication technologies to provide continuous data protection locally and in the cloud.
  • Prioritize backups and the restoration process – Backing up the system and all the storage will protect everything on that OS instance, which is perfect for when you need to restore the entire. Know ahead of time what you might need to restore then validate that you are backing up in a manner to meet those objectives.
  • Backup may not be enough – If a virtual server fails, all VMs on that server are at risk.
  • Minimize long-term backup cost – Maintaining long-term backups or archiving old or infrequently used files in the cloud
  • Manage the security of cloud based data – Securing your organization’s data is a major verify the security used in the solution – for example, the physical security of the public cloud locations, encryption of data at rest on the storage, and logical separation of your organization’s data from other organizations using the same public cloud backup provider.
  • Run the recovery directly in the cloud – Look at options to run your systems in virtual environments in cloud virtual machine hosting solutions using the systems and data backed up in the public cloud. This approach allows your operations to be up and running again even without your own data center.
  • Implement a unified backup and management process– Most organizations that leverage a cloud for solution that supports a hybrid model and enables a unified management approach.
  • RED TAG key components of the enterprise’s operation and est the processes. The best solutions in the world will fail if you don’t know how to use them correctly – and if you don’t perform regular tests to ensure restore processes work and the data protected is valid. Get into the habit of performing regular tests

Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.