Data Storage: Top 10 Most Common Mistakes That Cause Enterprises to Lose Data

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-09-01 Print this article Print
Dont Take Your Backup Requirements Seriously

Dont Take Your Backup Requirements Seriously

Large volumes of data present a challenge for backup procedures, and restoring this information can take days. Not matching the file backups with the hardware specifications hinders performance and growth capability, making data loss more likely.
Data recovery specialist Kroll Ontrack advises some of the world's largest and most successful companies on best practices for protecting and backing up their data. Through its Ontrack Data Recovery products and services, the Minneapolis-based company uses hundreds of proprietary tools and techniques to help businesses and consumers recover lost or corrupted data from all types of operating systems, devices and storage media. As part of its daily work, the company comes across many different data-loss predicaments that probably could have been circumvented with a little more planning and follow-through. Also, the company sees a lot of the same problems happening over and over again. Based on that experience, Kroll has developed a list of the Top 10 ways an organization can and will lose its data. These "tips" are designed to get organizations thinking about the varied ways they can lose data to help inspire them to take steps to prevent it.
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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