Tag: backup

Do you have backups of your data? Really?

By Dave Haygarth   October 5, 2011  
You think I'd be an "expert" on this, being that I am now 'in the industry' and formerly having been in Supply Chain Planning for countless years, making sure contingency plans were in place for all eventualities! Well this morning, I woke up to find my Networked drive not available…PC and NAS drive lights on - check Computer connection to network - check Heart attack - check!After countless re-boots of the PC and the Router with no joy , I started to reconcile myself to losing all those DVDs and Albums I'd ripped for central distribution, hadn't thought about the 3 years of real data too! Then it came to me how complacent I'd been. I'd bought a NAS drive that had two disks for data redundancy. Feeling smug & secure, I'd not considered that the unit may fail. What's the point of making external back-ups, it will be ok! I'd pondered that question myself recently and armed with the enticement of 100 off I'd ordered a new server to mitigate this exact issue. Irony is cruel - it arrives TODAY of all days (stop laughing) So the moral of this story is very simple really: Don't rely solely on your storage device for backing up!Get your data onto an external device to cover the device failing Make sure the external device is robust Data very important? Get the external data off-site to guard against a disaster (flooding, fire theft etc.) Consider 'cloud' based backups like Dropbox, Carbonite, Mozy AS WELL as your onsite backups Have an offsite backup policy in case your office burns down or floods Have a policy, process, system in place. Grandfather / Father / SonFortunately this story has a happy ending. I'd remembered my trouble shooting classes and the OSI Layer model (detail not important!) and thought about one last go using a bottom up approach to solving the problem - first layer is physical so I checked the cable and guess what : turns out that the network cable was faulty! Probably another moral there too -but that's for another blog!