Data Storage: 10 Disaster Recovery Tips That Could Save a Storage Administrator's Career
Run a BackupNow.
Yes, it sounds trite, but we're often surprised at how many companies don't do their backups oftenor as completelyas they should. We're talking primarily about long-term tape backup. Despite what the hard drive vendors tell you, tape backup isn't dead at all; it's by far the most efficient way to store data for the long term.
There's no question that handling enterprise storage is getting more complicated and requires more professional expertise as time goes by. Increasing creation of huge volumes of data from broad new array of devices along with the rapid expansion of virtual machines and increased federal regulation on securely retaining data archives are only three of the major reasons for this trend. In addition organizations are finding that their data archives contain an unrecognized trove of information that can be mined using the latest analytics tools. As a result, organizations are spending much more time considering what data to keep and what to expunge. This means enterprise disaster-recovery strategy has moved into a more prominent position on the priority list. If key data is lost in an unplanned event, such as a fire, flood, earthquake or other event, fingers will point to the storage administrator as the responsible party. To this end, longtime analyst and storage blogger Jon Toigo recently offered some important tips at the recent Storage Decisions conference in San Francisco that storage administrators should take to heart. Toigo is Managing Partner of Toigo Partners International, and chairman of the Data Management Institute in Orlando, Fla.