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Guide to Conceptualizing a Disaster Recovery Plan – Part 3

Disaster Recovery Plan Data Recovery Type

Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series first!

Choosing the Right Data Recovery Type

As with any task you need to complete, choosing the right tool for the job is an important aspect that shouldn’t be overlooked. With so many moving parts in your Disaster Recovery planning and process, you want to make sure you have the right tools and resources in place to meet your needs.

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CXOs’ and executives are constantly concerned with rising costs and trying to ‘do more with less’. The data recovery type (format) in your infrastructure can be the single point of failure in your recovery process if not tested and chosen correctly.

Nearly everyone in IT has or is still using tapes to store backups; whether for archiving purposes or general backups. Have you ever tried to restore data from tape? What was your experience with that? Were you able to recover all of your data? Was your tape corrupted/damaged? Now I’m not saying everyone needs to move to disk, but be wary of the issues that can arise from using old tapes. Disks will have a lower recovery time than tape, and if you were to leverage cloud solutions you’d be able to shrink your recovery time even more.

Bonus: If you’re still using tape and don’t want to identify yourself, you can start using virtual tape libraries to assist with some of your needs.

Duct Tape Can Fix Anything

As far back as I can remember, I was taught that duct tape could fix just about anything. I still sometimes apply this methodology on certain projects around the house (shhh, don’t tell). This may came as a surprise to some of you, but duct tape might not be the right tool for the job.Duct Tape Can Fix Anything

Imagine you’re trying to fix a leaky faucet with nothing but duct tape; it might solve your problem for a very short period of time, but it’s ultimately going to start leaking again. You not only wasted your valuable time, but also resources in attempting to fix the faucet. This can often lead to a project or fix becoming more expensive (in both time and resources) than it would have been had you chosen the right tool or strategy the first time around.

The data recovery type you choose for storing your backups is similar to the duct tape example. If you are storing old, archaic data on high performing disk, it’s going to cost you in the long run. Move your backups to the cloud for archiving and long-term retention and forget about managing tapes, storing tapes and going through tape libraries to ‘hopefully’ recover old data if need be. If you need help deciding what option may be best for your organization, reach out to myself or anyone here at MicroAge and we are more than happy to relieve you of the duct tape in your infrastructure.

Look for the next part in which I’ll walk through how to decipher and communicate with others in your organization to ensure you are using the right recovery types, methods and disaster recovery plans to fit your business.

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