Storage Smarts Answer #37: Tape rules

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

Backup and recovery expert W. Curtis Preston says there are five golden rules for backup. Which of the following is NOT one of these rules?
a. Back it up or give it up.
b. If it has not been backed up, it cannot be recovered.
c. If it has not been backed up off-site, it will not survive a fire.
d. Any backup that has not been tested with a recovery is not a backup.
e. Tape rules -- it's the only way to go for backup.

Were you correct? This week's answer is:
e. Tape rules -- it's the only way to go for backup.

Learn more:

The following are the golden rules for backup, according to W. Curtis Preston.

1. That which has not been backed up cannot be recovered.
2. That which has not been backed up off-site will not survive a fire.
3. Any backup that has not been tested with a recovery is not a backup.
4. Ignored backup systems become poorly performing backup systems.
5. Back it up or give it up.

For more information:

A good backup/disaster recovery plan

Backup best practices

Backups and high availability

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This was first published in December 2002

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