Backups, Hard Drive and RAID recovery.
All hard drives will fail at some point. Budget laptops ship with drives that typically begin to fail after three years of average use. We often see laptop hard drives failing after 1 year. Your computer or laptop running slowly can be a sign that your hard drive is about to fail. Once this has happened it is an expensive task to recover your data in case you haven’t made a recent backup.
Home users and business alike need to make backups. For home users an external hard drive or two will suffice for backing up your important photos and files. Windows, Apple Mac OS X and Linux all have backup facilities which can be setup to automatically backup to an external hard drive.
Recently we have recovered data from a 2008 Windows Server which wasn’t backed up. We successfully changed the mainboard of a DELL Poweredge T310 Server and managed to gain access to the existing RAID array without too much trouble and the costs were less than £300 .
If we had been unable to access the RAID array easily then a more advanced RAID recovery would have cost the company far more than this. RAID recovery for companies such as SONY in the past has cost around £50,000 for a large amount of data in in RAID arrays that was not backed up.
The image to the left is not our clients machine luckily and shown only for illustration purposes. RAID systems protect business from hard drive failure but not from a disaster such as a fire or flood damage.
Most companies have a backup strategy, such as external hard drives that must be swapped daily and taken off site in case of a disaster at work. These type of backup strategies rely on staff or the manager to remember to swap the drive and take them home, also to bring the correct drive to work each day. Needless to say this is open to human error and vulnerable to mistakes. Also it is difficult to know if the automatic backups are working as this requires checking on a weekly basis by an I.T. engineer or someone who has access to the server.
In recent years as Internet Speeds in the UK have increased it has become feasible to upload large amounts of data to “the cloud”. A cloud based backup solution is convenient as it solves a number of problems involved when designing a backup strategy. A cloud backup can be as simple as having a dropbox or onedrive account setup with your important files. For sensitive data or customer information it may be more suitable to use data encryption with a more sophisticated cloud solution such as Windows Azure Cloud Backup.
- Data is backed up off site
- Backups are made automatically without relying on user intervention
- multiple versions of files and data are kept in case incorrect or empty data is saved over the top of files
Backup Data Protection and encryption in “The Cloud”
In recent years some of the biggest companies involved with cloud data storage and backups such as DropBox,Amazon S3 and Sony have suffered from hacking and breaches in their customer data. This has been on the news a lot in the last year when customer data, credit cards and sensitive information has been sold on or “leaked”. This has lead to some mistrust in Cloud technologies and company directors worrying that their confidential information may end up in the hands of competitors or criminals.
We use a combination of technologies to encrypt your data before it gets backed up to the cloud. This way even in the unlikely event that Microsoft were hacked and data was stolen, it would be impossible to read by a third party.