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Backup Solutions

posted Sep 23, 2010, 10:18 AM by Jeremy Walker   [ updated Mar 1, 2011, 8:03 PM ]
In my travels as a professional in the computer technology field, I've learned much about recovering computer systems from real and hypothetical disasters. The central focus of any disaster recovery plan is the way in which data can be recovered. Each computer-based system has a unique set of requirements for recovering from a disaster. I want to make a menu of the most reliable methods and mediums for backing up data and entire systems. From this menu I can choose components to build a solution that would best suit the disaster recovery requirements of the computer-based system at hand.

Target: What will be backed up?
  • Files: Independent files, created and edited by software, and the folder structure.
  • Databases: Data stored in a repository.
  • Configuration: The data that defines the configuration of software, computers and devices.
Methods: How and when will it be backed up?
  • Selection (Scheduled): Copy select files, databases, and configurations on a regular interval or at specific dates and times.
  • Selection (Continuous): Copy select files, databases, and/or configurations immediately when they change.
  • Snapshots: Copy the entire hard drive or select partitions on a regular interval or at specific dates and times.
Media: What will it be backed up to?
  • Tape:
  • Online:
  • RAID:
  • Backup to Folder (Versioned):
  • Images: