Every organisation should be aware of the importance of backups and just how catastrophic the effects of data loss can be on an organisation. But do you know just how easy it is to keep your critical data safe by following the 3-2-1 rule of backups?
The 3-2-1 rule answers the two outstanding questions that stem from any conversation around backups – “how many backup files should I have?” and “where should I store them?” Here’s how the rule works:
– Have at least three copies of data
– With two copies stored on two different media
– And one copy kept offsite
Each element is just as important as the other, here’s why;
1. Have at least three copies of data
How important is your data to you and your organisation? That’s the question that needs to be asked, and if the data has value towards your organisation than two copies simply isn’t enough. By storing your data on different mediums, the risk of a single or series of events destroying your data is significantly reduced.
Ensuring your organisation keeps three copies of data also avoids the detrimental situation of both the primary and backup being stored in the same physical location being destroyed.
2. Two copies stored on two different media
By using different mediums to store backups the risk of your backups being damaged is significantly lowered. Common failures affect all devices which is why it is urged that you keep your data on a wide range of formats – they all have varying strengths and weaknesses when it comes to redundancy
3. Keep one copy offsite
Imagine if disaster was to strike your workplace – would your data be safe? By following the 3-2-1 rule and keeping one copy of data offsite and somewhere secure – like the Cloud, you’re assured to never fall victim to storage failure.
Veeam Cloud Connect allows both customers and service providers to send data offsite easily and securely, without the need to own the second site. Availability of valuable data is greatly improved without the expenses needed to build and maintain an additional infrastructure.
If you want to know more about the 3-2-1 rule and backing up with Veeam Cloud Connect register for our Webinar with special guest Michael Diaz, Veeam’s ANZ Hosting & Cloud Providers Manager HERE.