Ben Hatton The State of Data Backup in 2015

February 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

For years many service providers and industry pundits have made the claim that data backup is “broken,” in terms of the actual methods that businesses use for backing up and restoring data. This claim is often made by companies as a means to market some new backup service they have created that will “fix” the problem (doing a Google search for “backup is broken” will provide you with a lot of information, as well as a lot of sales pitches). While there is a level of hype to keep in mind, many of the reasons for the “broken” nature of backup are certainly valid. Here are just a few that are brought up often: Data Backup

  1. Not backing up often enough: Even though many businesses employ some form of backup for their data, many do not back their data up as often as they should. According to a recent study from EMC, the majority of businesses do not back up their data continuously, and frequently see data loss as a result.
  2. Lack of testing: Backing up your data is a good thing in itself, but the backups won’t count for much if they don’t actually work when a restore is done. Regular testing of doing a restore should be part of a backup plan, and it is another area that is often overlooked.
  3. Explosion in the amount of data that a company generates: The volume of data generated by companies is continually increasing 24/7, a trend noted in the latest report from Gartner, “Addressing the Broken State of Backup.” The report makes a good point in noting that “there is no ‘off’ switch for data anymore.” In other words, the more data that your company accumulates and creates, the higher the stakes are when it comes to having effective backup and restore processes in place.

So is backup “broken,” or not?

I don’t think that using the word “broken” to describe the backup industry is either fair or accurate. To me the items listed above aren’t indicative of a broken system, but rather as signs that we simply haven’t yet caught up to the rapidly evolving data landscape (ie. item #3 mentioned above). I think that as the environment evolves, our needs should be evolving along with it. And with this, our approach to meeting our backup needs should likewise evolve. There is no “brokenness” in the backup industry, only opportunity to improve and grow.

Fixing the “brokenness”

Seizing this opportunity means taking steps to improve your company’s data backup and restore measures, to ensure that they can keep pace with your evolving data creation and usage. Identifying what data you should backup, how often you should be backing up, and how often you should test your restores are just a few of the many things you should consider. Top 10 Tips for Disaster Recovery

Data Cave has a great resource available that can serve as a guide for evaluating your backup strategy: our “Top 10 Tips for Disaster Recovery Planning” whitepaper provides many insights into creating a backup plan, implementing it, testing it, and keeping it current. Whether you are looking to create a backup plan, or improve on what you already have, I highly recommend it!

You can access the whitepaper download page below:

Data Cave Whitepaper: Top 10 Tips for Disaster Recovery


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