Server Backup Solutions
If all of your network user data is stored on one server then you can backup these files directly from that server. Your choice of hardware and software will depend on the size of your business, the amount of data you need to backup, the value of that data and your budget. The most common hardware choices for Server Backup are:
- External Hard Drive – we will be adding more details shortly
- RAID Array – read more here
- Tape Backup – we will be adding more details shortly
Server Backup Software
We will be adding a page for backup and restore software shortly. For now you should find this review at Top Ten Reviews useful.
Full Network Backup Solutions
While keeping user data all on a central server is the most popular choice some organisations will allow individual user data to be stored on their internal drive. In general this puts individual users data at risk because it is more complex and is often left to individuals to do their own backups, which if done manually are often not done regularly enough.
Video Editing Data
One of the circumstances where users frequently keep their data on their local machine is in the area of video editing. Due to the volume of data throughput, serving this from the file server can be too data heavy for some lower spec networks, however this data is very much at risk even though it is likely to be very valuable. Hence despite not being the best option, video files are often stored locally – with sporadic backup. The ideal solution for video data spread accross a network is a dedicated media server with a gigabit network – but see NAS Backup below.
Network Backup NAS Backup
For both of the situations above, where data is stored on local machines, a dedicated NAS Backup can be an economical solution to protect both sets of data. The NAS can be set to automatically do regular backups while allowing the working files to be stored on local machines.
Waht are you not backing up?
A recent survey by Information Week found that many network administrators do not have a regular backup procedure for all of their systems – particularly for remote offices. How much data is your network admin NOT backing up. The same survey found that only 44% of system administrators do ‘test restores’ at least once a year. A disaster waiting to happen!