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CommitDBA | The Importance of Backup and Recovery
February 27, 2012
For many businesses and organizations, backups serve only one or two purposes, and for many, these do not seem worth the hassle of creating and using backups. However, backups serve many purposes other than sudden data loss protection against cyber-attacks and corruptive files. Here are a few reasons why they are worth the effort and why many experts full-heartedly embrace the use of backups.
Save Time and Money
Properly maintaining your backups can save your organization a tremendous amount of time and money if disaster were to occur. Instead of having to spend precious time meticulously retrieving corrupted data, your organization could quickly go about its business by simply going to the unmarred backups and pulling up the saved progress. In the realm of business, time is money, and the more time you save from retrieving data, the less money becomes compromised in fixing an unexpected problem.
Backups are a very reliable way to store your company’s files and financial reports, especially those that may be needed for future transactions among important clients and partners. Simply storing these files on an unprotected format without backing them up greatly puts them at risk of losing them. Backing up your organization’s archives allows them to stay secured in case they are needed in the future.
One important function backups offer is to provide a place to store your data for things such as database upgrades and data transfers. When upgrading your database, you must store your electronic information onto a secured format or risk losing it entirely. The same thing is true for transferring data from one database to another. Sometimes, due to the different databases, the data needs to be reformatted so it could properly make the transfer, so backing up the designated information is a wise move in case something goes wrong.