What if you lost all your data in the next hour?

How prepared are you to face the loss of your most important files?

30% of people have never backed up their data. 29% of disasters are caused by accident. The irreplaceable and most expensive component of a device is the stored data. To have a fighting chance at avoiding the disasters that others have gone through, you need to know:

  1. What data is being backed up and what data isn’t (know what is being excluded)
  2. What frequency the backups are being made (is it often enough?)
  3. How to restore data from backups (and actually do one periodically).

A secure backup follows the 3-2-1 rule (stepped backups), creating triple redundancy for your files.

Consider the classification of your data when deciding on an appropriate backup media: is the data sensitive in nature? If yes, then you may need to identify a backup solution offering encryption. Factor in SSL encryption technology when you need to transfer the data over to ensure the correct precautions are taken during the backup process.

In the Central Data Centre, we are in the process of consolidating our backup infrastructure to one single platform, CommVault. This will offer our user community a more efficient and simple to use backup system, with compression and e-duplication. Centrally managed servers are backed up on a daily basis. Note, however, that generally we do not backup user workstations. Users are encouraged to store all their data on their personal shared drives on the University’s central servers, which are backed up on a daily basis. It is not recommended to use the cloud for important files.

For researchers, Information Technology performs daily backups of the servers in the Marion Data Centre. One of the projects starting in summer 2016 is to replace the current backup technology in the Marion Data Centre with CommVault. This will require the upgrade of hundreds of agents and is expected to take one year.

Methods are available to backup data on Windows, Mac, Linux, phones, and more. Need help? Contact the IT Service Desk.


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