Data archiving has been considered an important part of your whole data backup plan and now-a-days, its importance has revved up even more due to the excessive generation of routine data round the globe. The more we are heading towards the big data era; the need for more data archive has been aroused. As a result, the role of data backup tape in data archival process has become very critical and paramount. After having realized the importance of data archive in the storage industry; it has also been realized that not every company within the industry knows the best practices to archive their data in a way which would keep them from the forthcoming uncertainties, data recovery failures and the subsequent unforeseen future. Therefore, we have pinpointed important checks that should be borne in mind in order to undertake data archiving best practices.
- Test your data tapes intermittently after archiving your data on them in order to know whether data has been stored on and retrieved from them properly or not.
- Bear in mind – one backup is not enough for your organization and it is effective to have redundancy in your data backup and recovery plans. So in case of failure of one plan you can opt out for plan B
- Always keep a check on your data tapes log files in order to know which files have been recorded and which ones have not been recorded on them. Logs are very important because when you have to extract data from backup tapes then logs serve as your first resort
- Compliance is an important contributing factor behind the concept of data archive; therefore, it is important to have both short term and long term data archiving policies in order to address this necessity as effectively as possible whenever required
- You should draw a fine line between data which should be stored or backed up and data, which is not worth or is important enough to be backed up. This is so, because data space is important and you cannot waste your storage space in backing up unnecessary data; hence, it is important to know the difference between data worth backing up and data not worth backing up
- As we know very well that, data tape technology keeps on evolving with time and so as their backward and forward compatibility. After having considered this in mind, it is important for you to always keep the old version of your respective tape equipment with you which can be later used to recover data from the old tapes in remote future
- Involve your other functional departments in the process of data archiving as well because the cohesive group of departments will teach you the common ways of storing data within each department of your company along with their data needs, access requirements and legal retention policies
- Ask your employees to close all files on their computers after when leaving because the continuously running data archival process would not address the active files during archiving; hence. There lies a fair possibility of missing out on some important files
- Last but not the least, always keep an offsite backup of your data in order to double protect you from disasters
Recapitulating, the above are important checks for data archiving in best possible way. However, if you have any further queries regarding the subject matter then feel free to contact the representative of ODSI, UK