Disaster Recovery and the 3-2-1 Backup Rule

321In the ever-changing digital world there is one standard backup rule that remains a solid strategy for businesses and organizations to follow:  the 3-2-1 backup rule.

First, make sure your saving up to three copies of your files—one primary and two backups. Second, store two on two different media types. Finally, use a source for offsite backups.

Today the most common way to backup data is on the cloud. That’s a great solution because your data can be stored easier, thus making it the most current version, but you should also backup with an additional method to be extra safe. There are several other options out there: tapes, SAN, flash drive, etc. Tapes are a good choice for offsite backups we mentioned previously.

The most cumbersome aspect of any backup strategy is the numerous versions to deal with. It’s important to make sure your backups are taken regularly and on a similar schedule. Many companies choose to outsource backups because of the additional work put on their IT. They could go mad trying to maintain the privacy and compliance issues associated with client information.

The Gold-Standard Solution

The notion of using an offsite source for a disaster recovery plan is considered by many as the gold standard to mimic. This becomes quite evident when there’s been a total loss of a business’s primary data.

Users of offsite storage must affirm its ability to provide data validation that “guarantees to your application that every data value is correct and accurate.” Data validation performs many checks:

  • Data type validation
  • Range checking
  • Code checking
  • Complex validation

Cloud-based is a great solution for backups, but should only be one of your backup methods. It’s important to backup your data in multiple ways to ensure your data can be recovered, no matter the type of disaster.

Contact us to learn more about the importance of a viable Disaster Recovery strategy.