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Back-up / Recovery


Backup or the process of backing up refers to making copies of data or configuration so that these additional copies may be used to restore the original after a data loss even or a system failure.

Backup purpose is to recover data as a reaction to data loss and also, to recover data from the historical point of view.

User Benefits

In some situation, users can decide what parts of their data have to be backed up and the retention period. This gives to the end-user the freedom of choice to decide what data are important of him and what data are not important. Besides this, critical data for a company should always be backed up based on the backup plan.

Business Impact

Backup process can be described as a basic disaster recovery and the backup procedures are a mandatory part in a disaster recovery plan.

Why to backup? The answer is simple: critical data, important data and applications have to be preserved to be restored if the need come.

Also, there are regulations that dictate what kind of data has to be backed up by different organizations.

For example, in some situation, standards mandate that the email messages have to be kept for legal analyze. Internal regulations are also important. Every organization has to decide what data are important and should be backed up.

Here are some basic backup procedures:

- copies should never be kept hear the original data, since many disasters are likely to cause damage to the backup and original data

- a verification or monitoring strategy has to be implemented as part of a successful backup plan

- in order to minimize the human error, automated backup and scheduling should be considered

-  since a successful backup can be ruined by the fact that the data restoration is not possible, restoration process must be implemented and tested.  

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