If You Are Serious About Protecting Your Critical Corporate Data, Make Sure You Do This One Thing

Apr 2015
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If You Are Serious About Protecting Your Critical Corporate Data, Make Sure You Do This One Thing

 

Some years ago a friend purchased tenant insurance for his business which was located on the top floor of an office building.Lock data protection One day, a heavy rainstorm caused water to leak through the roof. The resulting water damage destroyed several thousand dollars worth of my friend’s equipment.

My friend believed the damages were covered by his insurance policy which explicitly stated “coverage of all risks” with no exclusion clause for water damage. You can imagine his dismay when the insurance company refused to pay. Eventually the situation was settled in favor of my friend several years later.

I raise this story because data backups are a form of insurance. You hope you never have to use it. But if you ever suffer a data loss event – such as a crashed hard drive, a lost laptop, or an accidental file deletion – or you need to comply with a court order to turn over old emails from a former employee – data backups enable you to quickly get your data back and avoid what could be an otherwise catastrophic – or at best a painful experience.

At least that’s how things are supposed to work. Imagine you’ve consistently taken backups only to find out that in your time of need, you are unable to recover you data because the backups are corrupted. This happens more often than you might think, and I was recently reminded of this fact when I stumbled upon this article about a firm that lost valuable research data due to a technical failure.

http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/hazards-of-the-cloud-data-storage-services-crash-sets-back-researchers/52571

In the comments section, a spokesperson for the company that lost their customer’s data explains what happened:

“We did have a multiple backup strategy in place using proprietary software. It has been very challenging finding software to handle this job at the scales of data we are working with. Unfortunately the software we chose to use corrupted occasional backups. In our testing we did not encounter an issue, but during the event the full backups needed to restore were unrecoverable.”

It is because of stories like this (and many more) that here at Asigra we believe ‘Recovery is Everything’. After all, while taking backups of your data is critically important, what’s the point if you don’t know if you’ll be able to recover the data? Since data backups have no value if you can’t recover when you need to, make sure that recoverability is built into the DNA of your backup software solution.

For example, Asigra Cloud Backup™ includes a unique feature called “Autonomic Healing” which uses idle CPU cycles to look for bit rot and other issues that can silently corrupt your backup data over time. If any corruptions are identified, Asigra Cloud Backup attempts to automatically fix the problem if possible. If not, you are at least alerted so that you can take other measures to address the issue before a recovery is actually needed.

Asigra Cloud Backup also includes built-in restore validation capabilities that let you test a recovery without committing any changes. This operation takes place entirely on the backup server so that no valuable outside network or system resources are used. No data needs to actually be restored to the source and the operation can either be initiated manually or scheduled as a part of your backup policies.

If you are interested in finding out more about Asigra Cloud Backup - a multi-tenant agentless cloud backup software platform contact us at 416-736-8111 ext. 1453 or info@asigra.com.

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