We took over the support of a large organisation who had a man-in-a-van visit their office each day to pickup their latest backup tape. Whilst it’s an antiquated method of getting backups offsite, it’s not an unusual practice.
The problem was that the tapes being picked up each day were completely blank. If that company had suffered a fire (highly likely as they are a chemical manufacturer!) then they would have lost their entire trading history.
Follow the 3-2-1 backup approach as your absolute first step.
3 – copies of your data (live data and 2 backups)
2 – store your copies on at least 2 different storage types (i.e. disk, cloud, tape)
1 – store one of these copies offsite (cloud/tape)
- 3-2-1 backup approach as a minimum
- request backup reports
- test your backups on a monthly basis