The Importance of Database Backup

Mark Martin

[Posted January 1st 2015 by: Mark Martin]

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People will often jump the gun and make major tech decisions before they have truly reviewed all of the information. This is not a wise step especially when you are talking about database backup. In most cases this is sensitive information that you are wanting to preserve and you should give some serious time and thought before you choose a software to accomplish this task. Here are a few questions to ask yourself.

1. When Should I Back Up?

When you are shopping for server backup software, this should be one of your first questions. It may not be the most critical question, but it is definitely important. If the individual you speak with to get this information tells you that you only need to back up every weekend, or even at the end of the day, it would appear that they are not putting enough value on the data you and your users need backing up. Remember keeping your data safe if crucial to your business. If your data is extremely important to you then you will want to perform hourly backups.

2. How Long Does a Full Restore Take?

This is also an important question to ask when you are trying to figure out the best way to execute a database backup. Disasters do happen, and when a business loses important data that is a disaster. Backup solutions are the best way to recover from a disaster. If a server fails, how long will it take to get it back up and running? The software you choose will need to have a recovery time you are willing to live with. There can be great variability on this point, so make sure that you understand recovery time and are comfortable with what you will be provided with.

3. How Much does it Cost?

If you are running a business, then obviously every dime counts. Although at first investing in a  backup system feels like a big chunk, you must keep in mind that over time, continual data base disasters will cost your business far more. Not only can it cost you in money, but it can definitely begin to cost you in reputation. Customers have very little tolerance for technical issues. If your company is a constant source of technical issues for your customers and clients, word will get out and this can be damaging to your business reputation. Before choosing a software make sure you are fully aware of all costs associated with it or any recurring fees that might be attached.

Keeping your data safe is an important business task as well as an important business investment. Take your time to makes sure you make the right choice.

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