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Published: 17 Oct 2012

In the newspaper business, bad news sells. When it comes to backup, it's easy to focus on the bad news. There is simply so much of it: nightly failures, lost tapes and unrecoverable data. But the news isn't all bad. There are shops where backups are completed successfully, where data is restored and backup operations actually run smoothly. The most evident common denominator in well-functioning backup infrastructures is effective process and control. Well-run environments have a clear understanding of the tasks to be performed and a consistent way to accomplish them. How does your organization stand in regard to the basics of backup operations? Here's a checklist of 10 areas you should focus on in order to build a more effective backup practice. @exb The backup operations lifecycle Daily: Validate backup activities Weekly: Validate backup system Monthly: Validate backup process Quarterly/Annual: Validate backup solution @exe 1. Plan ahead. Backup is one strategic component of data protection; others include mirrors, snapshots and replication. In most ... Access >>>

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