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Onsite or Offsite backup storage

By gengle@harringtonsignal. ·
We do nightly backups and currently we take the previous days tape and put it in the bank. I want to get away from doing that I want to know if any of you guys have had experience with keeping backup data onsite. What kind of security issues do you have? These kinds of questions my CEO is going to ask me and I just want to know what I'm up against. Do you know what the flash point is for media devices?

Any help welcome.

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by Phinaddict In reply to Onsite or Offsite backup ...

You shouldn't need to keep running back and forth off site. I would take one full backup every week off site just for preventive measures. The other thing I would do is keep all your onsite tapes in a fire-proof safe. In case of a fire your data should be protected and if not you still have a tape offsite to recover most of your data.

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by jmar In reply to Onsite or Offsite backup ...

Here are some options that you can consider. You can still have the backup data offsite either by paying a company to pickup and store the backup tapes or you can take the tapes offsite once a week as suggested in the first answer. We currently have a two week rotation of backup tapes. Every Friday, the offsite storage company picks up the Mon-Thur and the previous week's Friday tape. Another set of tapes is used for the following week. Then the next week we go back to the first week's tapes. And the Friday tapes are kept in the storage up to 6 months before they get recycled. An alternative, if this method is too costly, is to do this method yourself instead of paying a company to do it. I would recommend against onsite storage asthis almost defeats the purpose of a backup. With tapes offsite, you'd know that if anything happened onsite, you'd have a guranteed backup. Hope this helps.

Jeff

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by glenn In reply to Onsite or Offsite backup ...

It would be a very bad idea to not keep a current offsite backup. We currently keep a weeks worth of tapes offsite, 3 weeks onsite, and monthly tape forever. Even if you wish to not take the tapes to the bank, at least take them home with you. You got another suggestion to just send them offsite once a week. Keep in mind that if you do lose everything and have to go into a disaster recovery mode you will lose a full week of work.

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by mark_lt In reply to Onsite or Offsite backup ...

Not the answer you want but this is the way I do it.

We do full server backups (15 x nt4)and each day the backup tape is removed to a remote fireproof location and the next days tape retrieved. To some this may seem a bit OTT but believe me one day a full back up tape will save your life.
Only last year I had 1 server die, had raid 5 but 2 drives failed due to heat (aircon stopped), with only 2 CD's, a few drivers on floppy,and my tape the server was back up in a few hours. Not a big server I admit, only a 36gb.

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