Celebrating World Backup Day: Three Ways to Create a Smarter Data Backup Strategy
World Backup Day comes round every year on 31 March, reminding people and companies like yours to back up business-critical data now and to manage backups more effectively in the future. If, as IDC predicts, the digital universe adds up to 44 zettabytes of data by 2020, we will all have a role to play in keeping that data safe.
A good data backup strategy keeps critical files close at hand and prevents costly downtime. It also ensures the security of data no matter where it might travel and remains cost-effective - even as it scales to meet tomorrow’s demands.
You also need a verifiable chain of custody, which describes any journey your data takes - regulators demand it. In fact, those same regulators may want to know if you are complying with the latest data-centre security standards, especially if you take the cloud route.
To address all of these challenges, work carefully with your backup service provider to establish the appropriate level of data security. And don’t forget about testing. Your backup data is useless if you can’t get it when you need it, or if the data is corrupted. Any backup service you use should come with regularly scheduled testing to ensure that all systems are ready in case of a business interruption.
Design your plan soon. World Backup Day may come and go, but you should be thinking about backups every day.