What Are Backups? And Do You Need Them?

What Are Backups? And Do You Need Them?

Data Backups for Your Business

In this video Koert Council, Solutions Architect with Kosh Solutions, tells us the basics of data backups and how having the right backup structure is so important for your business.

Koert works with companies throughout New Mexico and Southern Colorado to use technology to enhance their businesses.

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Video Transcript: Backups for small to medium sized business in Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Farmington, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Durango, and Colorado.

Good morning, hope everyone is having a good day. I just wanted to chat about backups. Uhm, and how important they are. My name is Koert Council and I'm a solutions architect with Kosh Solutions servicing Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Farmington, and Durango. We provide managed technology services for business clients in New Mexico and Colorado. And one of those managed services we provide are backups. Backups, there's a lot to them. It's not just storing your data, but it's also being able to recover your data. And what is the criteria for having a good backup? A lot of people
just think if you back things up to a USB drive or you install a program that backs up your data, you're good enough. The biggest thing is actually accessing that data, recovering that data and seeing if those backups are good.

You know, maybe you backup something up to a drive that is dead or is prone to failure or you have a USB drive you pull it from your server and you drop it and now all of a sudden that drive is no longer accessible and then your backups are toast! So there is a best practice known as a 321 backup rule. I want to review that real quick. It really takes a lot of the guessing out of backups. And really gives you best practice for creating backups, maintaining backups and the best likelihood for recovery when dealing with a disaster.

So I'm gonna share this clip real quick. All right, so this is the 321 backup rule explained. Three is at least three copies of your data. Now that would be the data you're working on, the production data, and then two other copies and those be two other backup copies that you would create. The two is storing 2 copies of your data on different media. Now all media means is a storage device. Now whether that is a hard drive or a flash drive or something where you put your data in the cloud is another piece of media. So you want to store your data on two different types of media.

So, if you have 3 copies of your data one is the production copy the one you're working on. You could also have a backup to the same drive and then you could have an offsite backup, which would be a second piece of media or second repository and then you want to make sure you have one offsite in case something happens at your location. You know someone comes in and theft or something and they take all your equipment. If that happens, chances are there going to take the production data as well as the local
backup, but you want to make sure you have a copy off site.

So that is the 321 backup rule, uh, explained in graphical format. It's really the best practice and it's really the only way to go if you want to protect your data.

If you have any questions, give me a call, reach out, I'd be happy to chat about this more in depth. Thank you.

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