The calendar-makers and data center gurus of the world chose March 31 as World Backup Day—right before April 1 for a reason. It’s a reminder, similar to changing your smoke detector batteries on Daylight Savings Day, to do a health check on your backup strategy and policies. (Today is also National Bunsen Burner Day, but boiling chemicals and such is most certainly outside our purview.)
Anyway, we know that you are certainly not fools, but we want to take this opportunity to talk up backups. Every day is a good day to back up your data…or every hour, or every 30 minutes, depending on the application and your RPOs. Every day is a necessary day for backups, too, and for many organizations there often aren’t enough hours in the day, or night, to get all their data safely backed up.
Data backup has evolved a lot over time, as the volume of data to back up put pressure of back up windows, and as new risks emerge from every side. When was the last time you audited your policies? Tested recovery? Tested disaster recovery? Is it time to take stock in your data protection approach?
The Right Way to Back Up Data
Here’s a quick cheat sheet for you non-fools in the data center. These are our favorite backup tips on this important day.
- Backups aren’t static.
When you back up your data, you’re not trucking it off to sit on a dusty shelf (unless you’ve got a third-tier tape setup for compliance reasons. In which case, truck away). Data backups actively take up a lot of storage space, and they need to be complete and frequent enough to actually become the primary data source if the time comes. So make your data protection plan an integral part of your application/workload policies. Keep it simple, and make it complete. It’s certainly not something that should be an after thought.
- Expectations come first.
The idea behind recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs) is that they can make recovery a manageable event even when planned, instead of a frantic and chaotic exercise. If you know the expectations for how much time is required to recover an application before a downtime event, you can plan accordingly, and know what to expect. If you have the people, process, and technology in place, you should be able to meet expectations.
- It’s not rocket science.
Whoever’s celebrating National Bunsen Burner Day is likely actually doing rocket science. But if data protection is built into your IT environment from the beginning, it can be a seamless part of your data center’s functionality. If you keep having unexpected failures or losses, or if you keep spending money ineffectively on data backup and protection, it’s time to rethink the approach you’ve taken.
SimpliVity is celebrating World Backup Day with abandon. For us, rapid recovery to minimize downtime and data loss is one of the huge, but often lesser known, values that our hyperconverged infrastructure solution brings to data centers. A recent report from the Taneja Group found that a lot of customers got huge data protection benefits they didn’t expect after deploying SimpliVity. Take a few minutes today to find out how your backups might be improved with an infrastructure modernization via hyperconvergence from SimpliVity.