Access "What are your backup, DR and data retention policies?"
This article is part of the Vol. 2 No. 5 July 2003 issue of Evaluating the benefits of IP SANs
When i ask people about their backup, data retention and disaster recovery policies, most people fall into one of three groups. The first group responds by telling me about how often they do fulls and incrementals, how long they keep the tapes and how often they send them off site. The second group is only a little more sophisticated: They have one answer for databases and another for files. Only the third group is sophisticated enough to ask me what I mean: Am I referring to backup or archive? Which service level am I referring to? And so on. The first two groups are guilty of focusing on the mechanics of their backup environment--dealing primarily with operational concerns, such as tape management. They share two common attributes: All data is essentially treated the same. There's little consideration given to the value of data to the organization or to customer requirements for service levels. Only the minimal number of policy attributes has been taken into account. Other backup policy dimensions have largely been ignored. In contrast, the third group is ... Access >>>
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