Computer Data Backups: Test Now or Cry Later
If you're like most small business owners, your computer data backups are one of those things that you rarely
pay attention to. Computer data backups are kind of like flossing your teeth and eating low-fat, high-fiber
foods? everyone knows what they're supposed to do? but how many REALLY do these things religiously?!?
Unfortunately when it comes to your computer data backups however, complacency can be very dangerous.
Of course, it's always a good idea to have a local computer service company that you can rely on for advice
on selecting and maintaining your computer data backups. But, unless you're prepared to put a full-time PC
support person on your company's payroll, it's really important that you get some basic understanding of the
major issues with computer data backups.
So here's a compilation of some really crucial tips on computer data backups that I've put together, after
nearly 15 years of helping small businesses protect their valuable computer data files.
Test your computer data backups regularly and monitor their log files.
To be effective, computer data backups must be highly automated to ensure that jobs are launched
consistently and correctly, but your computer data backup system also needs to be watched over diligently to
make sure it continues to function reliably.
Unfortunately, monitoring the computer data backup system generally isn't a priority until something goes
wrong. By then it's too late?. Like the article title says, "Test Now or Cry Later!"
People have a strong tendency with a computer data backup system to set it and forget it. Automation clearly
has many benefits, but a totally hands-off approach can be very dangerous if no one is overseeing your
computer data backup process.
Test and Then Test Again: VERY Important with Computer Data Backup Systems
With any newly installed computer data backup system, don't assume everything works correctly right out of
the box. Even more important, don't take for granted that your backup system