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Differentiate between vital and nonvital files

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Does your organization's disaster recovery plan differentiate between vital and nonvital files? What suggestions do you have for making this distinction? Share your comments about differentiating between vital and nonvital files, as discussed in the Feb. 17 Disaster Recovery e-newsletter.

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We consider data as a whole, not individual files

by maxwell edison In reply to Differentiate between vit ...

When it comes to the files on our servers, all files are considered vital, even though we have our share of non-vital files residing on them. We do "clean-up" the servers from time to time to remove those non-vital files, but they sure get processed into our backup system - including our off-site backup for disaster recovery. But we just view thing as a whole, as our "data". Why spend time separating vital versus non-vital just to save on some disk or tape space? It's not worth the effort.

The only non-vital files we don't consider in our disaster recovery are the ones that might be residing on the client computers. We have a rule, however, and that is no mission critical data will be saved on a client workstation because we don't back them up. And, for the most part, people comply with the rule. And who cares if they lose their favorite wallpaper file?

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Here's why:

by MikeTalonNYC In reply to We consider data as a who ...

When you have only a few tapes per week, there's no reason to split off non-vital files.

When you generate 10-20 tapes per week (not out of the realm of reality for even medium-sized organizations), there is a very big reason to make sure you don't back up one meg more than is vital. Transport, storage and return of these tapes can add up to an alarming amount of cash in recurring costs that you just don't need to spend.

Mike Talon

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