Data Backup and Recovery largely remains an issue among organizations dealing with large chunks of data. One of the reasons why challenges still exist is because most of them rely on traditional methods of backing up and recovering data. These are ineffective and outdated.
The current method of backing up data involves taking out that data from where it resides to a separate storage media. This mostly involves tape which is prone to suffering problems. Most organizations are familiar with tape backup of data, and thus it’s widely used today even though it still suffers many problems.
Manual methods of backing up data
When organizations commit to tape technology for backing up and recovering their data, an effective media rotation and replacement must be in place to save data when disaster strikes. But this is neither quick nor simple.
Finding tapes, labeling them, storing, rotating, or inserting them are all manual processes that are also likely to introduce errors when it comes to saving or recovering the lost data. In addition to this, someone has to be employed to do this work on a full time basis. Perhaps hiring someone to do this job is easy in a large company setup, although the task is mundane.
However, in a small company, choices for hiring don’t exist. So this job is often given to the MD or office Admin to handle it. But notice that neither of the two persons are qualified to handle this task. They are not qualified, and neither are they motivated to do such a job.
Perhaps they’ll manage replacing tapes on a daily basis — that is, if they don’t forget to do so occasionally. However, when a problem occurs, panic and chaos ensue because these professionals don’t have the skills and qualifications to handle matters related to data backup and recovery. Someone has to be hired from outside to do the job.
Current backup plans are not very effective
When data backup process is carried out, no one checks if the process was successful or not. Backing up the data may have been successful or not. However, when a disaster strikes, that’s when the person responsible for backing up data will realize that there was a problem.
Full back ups
Full backups are supposed to be conducted at least once a week. This is prompted by the nature of tape backup technology. This job is tedious though. One has to be subjected to long back up windows while dealing with large chunks of data. This obviously takes some time investment to achieve the goal, thus it’s still considered a problem by organizations.
Finally, there’s the issue of scalability
Current data backup and recovery systems lack scalability. Because data volumes keep rising every day, there’s need to restructure the current systems and plans to accommodate this demand — a process that is now very costly.
Long backup windows may run into the next business day, consequently affecting system availability and time assigned for recovering the data. If the set time to restore the data is stretched, then this is obviously a problem.