How to Avoid Endpoint Backup Mistakes in Your Enterprise
In the past enterprises had control of their information stored on their servers and their IT department made regular on-site backups to a server at their data center. The server backups were scheduled for the close of each business day and received regularly scheduled updates from their IT department.
The new era of data has changed the way enterprises, IT department must protect, backup, and restore data at all levels. IT administrators now face the problems of how to backup all their company’s critical data. With BOYD and a mobile workforce enterprise, critical data have moved from a controlled environment to an end-user endpoint. Therefore, IT administrators now face an unpredictable, de-centralized environment concerning critical data and how to safely backup and store endpoint data.
Common Mistakes And Outdated Backup Methods For Backing Up And Protecting Critical Data
1. Trying to retrofit your existing backup server to safely backup endpoint data
Specialized backup server vendors are now trying to retrofit their existing backup servers for enterprises to try and capture a share of the backup market. Enterprises have come to realize that his approach is not suited for their needs and still requires human intervention, can’t scale appropriately, and is unreliable. Your backup solution needs to happen automatically, schedule frequent backups, and be transparent. If your company’s BOYD or mobile data user’s needs to manually initiate, monitor, and schedule their device backup, it’s likely to never happen.
2. Your IT department has prohibited or restricted endpoint data backup
Most organizations worry about backing up endpoint data while others take a different approach and refuse to install an endpoint solution. These organizations choose to create endpoint policies that prohibit their mobile device users from saving their data to their laptop or desktop. Unfortunately, this restricts your employees and forces them to change the way they work. Therefore, this solution won’t succeed if you support BOYD and mobile devices for employees working out of the office. However, if you employ a safe backup solution for your endpoint backup all your endpoint data can be protected without your IT administrator creating restriction policies.
3. Continually using tape-based backup for your endpoint data
Still today, many businesses backup their endpoint data to tapes. This outdated approach has many shortcomings. You must understand that tapes are a fragile medium and can be damaged from heat or light exposure. Also, during a full restore your data is stored on multiple tapes and your organization has to wait days for their data to be restored. Realize that after a system failure, the backup is your only copy of your critical data. Therefore, if your organization only backups to tape and for some unknown reason your tape backup cannot be restored, you will have lost all of your data.
4. Using manual, user-initiated backup to external hard drives
Many small to medium-sized businesses still require their employees to backup their endpoint data to an external hard drive. This solution can be costly, especially if your employees are required to purchase their external back up drives and charge the cost back to your company. Therefore, once your employee has purchased their drive they either forget to backup their data or refuse to backup their data. Furthermore, the backup external hard drives are stolen or lost which compromises your company’s data. To fully protect your data your company should have at least two copies of endpoint data stored in two different locations.
5. Trying to use different solutions at the same time for backing up endpoint data
Small companies with a low operating budget, try to leverage multiple technologies for backing up their endpoint data. This approach normally results in unreliable and an inconsistent approach to backup and protect your multiple layer platforms. Furthermore, this approach causes problems for your employees and your IT administrator.