Data Recovery and Data Back-up.
“Data Recovery “and “Data Back-up” services are terms likely to be familiar to either you, your IT department or to your tech-savvy colleagues. Here we provide a basic perspective for each of the services.
Data Back Up.
Backing up your data is simply the process of saving a copy of your data and/or applications to another digital storage environment. The data once securely and faithfully stored is available to be retrieved for use at another time. Backing-up your work related data is usually a part of your employers IT policy and in most organisations will be semi-automated with the familiar “do you want to back your data up now” prompt appearing on your screen as a part of a regular schedule. If attended to regularly data back-ups may involve a small inconvenience lasting a few minutes. The back-up process is usually termed iterative, meaning that only data that has been changed or has been altered since your previous back-up will be transferred. The more regularly you back-up your data therefore, the less of an inconvenience is involved. Iterative data back- up transfers over a correctly dimensioned and provisioned local area network to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) unit are usually completed in minutes. Iterative cloud data back- up uploads via a router connected to a broadband service can be excruciatingly long-winded affairs and are better conducted when you are not intending to use your device, computer or system for a while. A regular back-up of your devices, systems and data means that if you lose access then you can rebuild and restore your working environment relatively easily. Regularly scheduled data back-ups militate against permanent data loss in the event of catastrophic equipment and system failure.
Data Recovery refers to the process of recovering and restoring access to data that has been temporarily lost. Local access to your data may be unavailable due to unwanted deletion, failed system or device update or access to your primary data storage media being denied due to an equipment fault. In the former case relatively recent copies of your data and versions of your system are available for download and system restore. You can then continue your work from a time and date of a subsequent known point of reference. In the later case a known point of reference from a previous back-up is not available generally as a consequence of poor practice, faulty equipment or failed and corrupt applications. In these cases the only possibility of being re-united with your data is to restore access to the primary storage media i.e. your computer hard drives, mobile phone memory etc. This can simply involve the transfer of your digital storage media to another device or in the event that a hard drive, mobile phone or RAID system is faulty then restoring access to your data can involve complex laboratory and workshop based data recovery processes and procedures.
It is highly recommended that in this case a professional and established data recovery company undertakes the processes and procedures involved. It is as well to remember that your data might contain bank account details, photos or other such personal and valuable data that if falling into the wrong hands could be catastrophic. Professional data recovery companies will generally be VAT registered, have a long trading history, publish comprehensive terms and conditions of service, have good customer references and be registered with the information commissioner’s office. (ICO)
Data Recovery and Data Back-up.
Data back-ups (copies of your critical or valuable data) are better held off-site as a part of a disaster recovery policy. For most home-users implementing a connected disaster recovery policy is generally, cost prohibitive and limited by the availability of broadband upload capacity. For small enterprises a disaster recovery policy is achievable but limited by trust and internal implementation capability. For relatively larger enterprises and organisations, complexity management, control and trust generally limit the implementation of an effective disaster recovery policy. In all cases a data recovery service must be provided by a responsible organisation. An organisation you can entrust your valuable and personal information. It is worthwhile bearing in mind that at the first point of contact your chosen data recovery company becomes a party to your disaster recovery policy.