If your server suddenly crashed and ALL your
data was erased, how long would it take before
your firm was back up and running as usual?
Misunderstanding #1: Believing That Hard-Drive or USB Backups Are A Reliable Way To Secure Your Data...Wrong! Hard-Drive or USB backups have an average failure rate of 100% (no, that’s not a typo). What makes this even worse is that they will APPEAR to be working, giving you a false sense of security.
Misunderstanding #2: Tread carefully here and make sure that you’ve really done your homework on your chosen solution. Here are a few questions to ask of any cloud backup provider before you trust your firm’s data with them:
- Ask if you have the option to have your initial backup performed through a hard copy. With the amount of data on most firm’s servers, an initial backup performed over the web can take months to complete.
- Make sure that database files can be stored and recovered easily. Many cheap cloud backup services only hold simple office or media files, while ignoring your most important database files or making those incredibly difficult to recover.
- Demand daily status reports. Any reputable backup service will send you a daily e-mail to verify that everything is backed up. The more professional solutions will allow you to notify more than 1 person (like your IT guy) in addition to yourself.
Misunderstanding #3: Trusting Their Backup Is Automatically Working Without Doing Periodic Test Restores.
I see this happening a LOT – a firm thinks their backups are working because they don’t see any error messages or apparent problems. Then, when they need to restore a case file (or their entire server), they discover the backups stopped working MONTHS ago and all that data is gone.
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