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Critical Data Storage, Backup and Recovery
When choosing a backup system people tend to focus on the cost of data capture, such as a tape drive, tapes and software. The fact is data capture is only the first link in the backup and recovery solution chain. This chain includes removal of data to a secure offsite location, storage of data in a secure facility, and recovery of current and historical data. Each link in the chain has its own associated risks, costs, and value. A weakness in any link could be fatal to any data-driven business.
- Costs along the backup and recovery value chain
Analyze your costs along the entire chain (capture, removal, storage, and recovery). While some are obvious, many costs are easily overlooked:
- Data Capture
tapes, software, tape/zip drives , upgrades, and associated training costs
connections for file managers and databases
monthly hardware maintenance fees
- Move to a secure offsite location
tapes for offsite rotations
employee time to swap out and label tapes
tape pickup and delivery costs
transportation to facility
employee's time to be trained for backup
service calls for repairs, tape jams, restores and other software problems
employee's time to monitor and perform recoveries
employee's downtime while waiting for information to be recovered
lost business revenues or goodwill because of data loss
- Other factors to consider when calculating the value of lost data
During recovery of data you experience an immediate loss in office productivity. Employees devote time to recreate the information in lost data, and have to stop work on current projects to do so.
- Client confidence:
The loss of data from your customer database may force you to contact your customers. This can cause a loss of customer confidence or good will. And losing customers is a large cost associated with backup failure and data loss.