Never Overlook Best Practices

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-03-10 Print this article Print

Iron Mountain has been protecting business information since 1951 and acquired Stratify, a provider of advanced electronic discovery services for the legal market, in 2007. Here are the BC best practices that Iron Mountain/Stratify recommends to its  customers:

1. Make backup copies of all critical data
. Companies need to ensure all of their critical data is backed up -- not just primary servers and the data center.

2. Protect your backup data off-site. Send your backup data off-site to a trusted third party that will ensure you have your data when and where you need it.

3. Have a disaster recovery plan and test it. With regular testing of their plans, companies have "pre-made" decisions that are more difficult to make during an actual crisis.

4. Test your backup solution. Companies should conduct simple restore tests with their backup solutions either weekly or after critical events, such as the closing of the quarterly books.

5. Communicate early and often with your disaster recovery vendors. Make sure you understand the protocols for "declaring a disaster" with your off-site data protection provider.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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