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Offsite Backup

Published 26 November 2012 12:36 pm

There was a recent weather event in the United States that seriously impacted our power grid and our physical well being. Lots of businesses found that they couldn’t get to their building or that their building was gone. Many of them got to do a full test of their disaster recovery processes.

A big part of DR is having the ability to get yourself back online in a different location. Now, most of us are not going to be paying for multiple sites, but, we need the ability to move to one if needed. The best thing you can to start to set this up is have an off-site backup.

Want an easy way to automate that? I mean, yeah, you can go to tape or to a portable drive (much more likely these days) and then carry that home, but we’ve all got access to offsite storage these days, SkyDrive, DropBox, S3, etc. How about just backing up to there?

I agree. Great idea. That’s why Red Gate is setting up some methods around it. Want to take part in the early access program? Go here and try it out.

3 Responses to “Offsite Backup”

  1. Matt says:

    Grant,

    What is the solution when a company goes through the DR situation and manages, by pure luck and the tenacity of the professionals on the staff, to recover systems – yet, while promises are made by the business, DR solutions are generally left out of subsequent projects for all sorts of pathetic reasons?

    Excuse the rhetorical question as I already know the solution…. “Don’t go back to government!”

    It seems that, in government, every new system that comes along has to have a budget allowance for DR – and many cut it due to cost. It seems that those who hold the wallets forget that weather systems that have hit before do not necessarily *not* hit again.

  2. Grant Fritchey says:

    It’s that bad in the private sector too. “We’ll take care of that later” is said so often during projects about things like DR and performance. I wish I had money for every time I heard it.

  3. cfradenburg says:

    I would love to know how many copies of AdventureWorks end up in that storage space during the preview.

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