Tag Archive: backup

I get knocked down, but I get up again!

Knowing that you can restore your website quickly brings enormous peace of mind and keeps you in business When did you last have to restore a functioning website? Thanks to an unwanted guest last night, I had to perform a full restore of my website this morning. You may have noticed a somewhat changed look…

Don’t lose your treasured memories

Care for your business data as if it were your treasured family memories Loss of your business information could be as painful as losing all those digital photos and videos you have of your children and family. Make sure they are safely backed up or archived. Do you take as much care over the protection…

Distinguish between short term backups and long term archives

Backup systems are not the right place to store data for long periods of time There is a lot of confusion in the business community when it comes to protecting data. The problem is that few businesses understand the difference between short term backups and long term archives. This confusion has arisen because backup has…

Backup with Business Continuity in mind

Designing backup systems after assessing Business Continuity requirements results in better data protection and shorter business interruption This case Study Shows how adopting a “Business Continuity” approach to data backup improved the data protection regime for a small professional firm Business Continuity UK examined and re-organised the firm’s backup regime having first examined the Business…

Choose your backup strategy carefully

Choose the wrong approach to backing up your data and you could seriously damage your business: you could even end up in gaol! This is a true story, but has been suitably anonymised. It serves to demonstrate the importance of choosing your back up strategy carefully. Background The story involves a very large privately owned…

Don’t assume that everything works

If you don’t check, how will you know? I was in town yesterday, posting cards for Christmas. Due to a mistake on my part I inadvertently sent the card intended for my brother in Australia to somebody else: leaving me a card short. In case you weren’t aware, yesterday was the last posting day for…

Don’t let data loss take your company down

The consequences of Data Loss can affect others as well as your own company. Consider this in your Business Continuity Planning. A client of mine had an interesting story to tell the other day that should serve to highlight the importance of Business Continuity Planning. I look after their IT systems and he rang to ask…

Tip – Expect things to fail

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? I’m often intrigued by the reasons I get back from business owners and IT Managers when I ask the question: How often to you perform a test restore of your backups? Answers I’ve had include:…

Know who can access your data

Do you outsource your IT support? Read on Are you in a regulated industry or do you hold any information that can be classed as being confidential? Have you outsourced your IT support? Then you have a critical question to answer. Has your IT support company signed a Non Disclosure Agreement that binds them to…

Document and test your restoration procedures

Systems fail at the most inconvenient time. Having a plan to follow will reduce down-time and stress. If you have computers in your business, and I bet you do, you will know from personal experience that sometimes they go wrong.  Usually this will cause only minor inconvenience but occasionally it can result in significant disruption…