We exist in a digital world that enables instant gratification in the form of immediate and constantly up-to-date corporate data reports and allied business intelligence. The flipside of this is that we are completely reliant on our data; business operations cannot continue if critical data is lost, corrupted or otherwise inaccessible. Data protection is thus a critical element of business continuity.
How does one recover corrupted files that are inaccessible?
Clearly, the answer to this question should be, 'I'll just restore the last good copy of the corrupt data from my backup.' The ability to restore an uncorrupted version of the required data presupposes that your data protection and backup routine encompasses incremental frequent backups with the ability to restore to a specific point in the past. Data protection of this nature is hugely enhanced if you subscribe to an efficient, online, off-site data backup solution.
Online, off-site data backup solutions usually incorporate automated daily incremental backups that are catalogued and indexed on a remote storage platform.
In the event of a corrupted or inaccessible file or database, it's then a simple matter of accessing the off-site backup platform and selecting the last known date of good data, and then restoring that data. Our experience across more than 10 000 customers is that clients who use an off-site, cloud-based, automated backup solution have an extremely high level of data protection and can always recover damaged or corrupted data that has been backed up.
We've signed up many customers who traditionally backed up their business data to USB drives, removable hard drives, alternative hard drives on the company network or to magnetic tape. Many of our clients who traditionally used insecure, manually initiated backup routines subscribed instantly to our secure off-site solution when, after experiencing an unrecoverable data event, discovered to their dismay that their data backup contained only corrupted data or that the data had not actually been backed up. For more about the advantages of off-site backup, read our recent blog here.
The abovementioned traditional backup routines - like backing up to USBs and hard drives - have an extremely low level of data protection.
"My hard drive crashed on 04/11/2013. The computer switched off on its own, and when I finally got somewhere the message I got was "critical problems with the hard drive". I got someone in who tried restoring and managed only to get my excel files.
Everything else was erased from my hard drive even though we used XYZ software to restore. Looking at your website - I wish I had phoned you! Please could you assist me! Where do I start? Regards, Sylvia"
"We from African Heating would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for assisting us when our computers packed up twice in one week. You really outdid yourselves with assisting us! Without you we would still be struggling. Thank you so much. Adele"
These are real quotes from clients illustrating the folly and lack of data protection of self-managed, on-site data backup routines in comparison to the efficiency, reliability and peace of mind that one gets with an online, off-site data backup solution.
Lack of automation means that backups are often accidentally skipped. Removable hard drives and USB drives are easily physically damaged, lost or stolen, with your data accessible in a readable format. Tape backup methodology is outdated and expensive to maintain as well as relatively difficult to manage.
The reality is that there are two kinds of business people: those who have lost data and those who will lose data. Take the necessary steps to ensure that when you find yourself in a panic, wondering how to recover corrupted files, that you'll be able to recover the lost or corrupted data easily and timeously. Read more about off-site data backup here.