Backup Is Worthless if You Can’t Restore Your Data
You have backed up your data both locally and online, and you believe it is safe. But what happens if you need to restore that data? After you take the right steps to back it up, how do you make sure your data will be available when you need it?
Test for a Restore Event
Make sure you test the data recovery capability of any potential backup solution, and include data restore testing as part of your ongoing data management process. Best practices suggest testing data restore at least once a month to make sure you are ready if disaster strikes. Based on your data classification, back up your mission critical data in a way that allows for restore in a matter of seconds.
Data Restore Requires Proactive Planning
Consider data restore when you are evaluating backup solutions. According to research, up to 50 percent of tape backups fail to properly restore data. Human error is often the cause of data recovery failures. Regional disasters can hamper data recovery if your secondary backup site is located in the same general geography as your primary backup. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the government recommended that all institutions reassess the location and recovery procedures for their data backup to ensure timely recovery if needed.
Onsite Versus Cloud for Restore Speed:
If you want the capability to restore your critical data instantly, it’s best to have that data on premise where you can recover it within seconds. However, some cloud-based data backup solutions are using innovative methods to provide instant restore capability. Symform’s Instant Restore feature stores your data both in the Symform cloud and in a secondary on-premise location, enabling recovery in two different ways at top speed.