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    Disaster recovery

    How do you back up your data?
    Where is the back up data kept? By this I mean what physical location?
    What happens to your back up data if the school burns down?
    We're currently looking at trying to rent space at a remote location for the purpose of data storage.
    Any suggestions on what to look for are gratefully received.
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    Re: Disaster recovery

    In answer to the first question... search the forums. There has been several discussions about backup media and plans.

    In answer to the second question, I think most people (I may be wrong) simply take the media off site.

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    Re: Disaster recovery

    Hmmm... taking media offsite each day may be difficult for us as we have automated backups to a small array of six hard disks each night so that, at most, we only lose a days data.
    I could ask the other staff members to ensure they've backed up all their own data and removed it I suppose...

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    Re: Disaster recovery

    @Chrispy: Dump it to tape or use removable hard disks. It's got to be cheaper than offsite server space.

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    Re: Disaster recovery

    We have a daily backup to tape which gets stored on site then a weekly backup to tape which gets stored off site.

    We also have Veritas Intelligent Disaster Recovery which creates a bootable CD for each of your backed up servers which makes it insanely easy to restore from a backup if you do have hardware failure.

    Obviously there are steps to try and prevent hardware failure/downtime also, redundant hotswap PSU's, Hotswap RAID etc.

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    Re: Disaster recovery

    My disaster recovery plan is to run to the car and drive rapidly into town to get a job with the nearest company that hasn't just had a disaster.

    I did attempt to implement a proper disaster recovery plan but as nobody would fork out the £400 for the tape drive, or the £1k for the drive recovery when they didn't buy the tape drive and the disk drive died, it hasn't worked fantastically well.



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