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Backup, Recovery & Archiving

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Backup / Recovery
Backup and recovery systems tend to be a neglected and unloved component of the of the ICT environment and are often an afterthought of projects implementing new systems and business solutions.  However this capability is like an insurance if something goes wrong, data gets corrupted or wrongfully deleted - it provides a roll back function to ensure that in the case of a failure only an acceptable amount of change is lost.

An effective and efficient backup and recovery system requires only minimal management and should not interfere with day to day tasks or decrease the performance of available IT equipment - all this whilst providing maximum peace of mind to the organisation.
 
The market provides a multitude of Backup solutions - all with pros and cons. agility consultants will architect the perfect solution tailored to our clients requirements and will draw their attention to areas like:

  • Specific business requirements;
  • Optimised infrastructure utilising suitable hardware and software;
  • Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) - taking initial setup and ongoing maintenance cost into account;
  • Backup topology (onsite, replicated or offsite);
  • Capacity planning; and
  • Backup scheduling to ensure operation is not impacted.

Archiving
Data archiving is known as the process of moving data that is no longer actively used to a separate data storage device for long-term retention.  Archiving can free up much needed high-performance/high-cost storage capacity where infrastructure upgrades for increased storage are not possible. Archives are typically replicated between site or are stored off site to provide availability in the case of a disaster.

When designing archival systems agility consultants will consider topics like:

  • Storage media - depending on the type used they may degrade over time or become obsolete;
  • Storage device - It is important to retain working devices that was used to archive the data to complete the restores;
  • Data usability - ensure to include the programs as well for data archived in formats that may become obsolete; and
  • Redundancy - include multiple copies especially for critical data.