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What are the best approaches for quick data restoration?

Kevin Beaver explains the best approaches for quick data restoration in this expert response.

What are the best approaches for quick data restoration?
A lot of people will tell you that data storage hardware is a good solution to quick data restoration and recovery. For example, they might advise you to use the latest Linear Tape Open (LTO) tape drives or disk-to-disk data backup systems, and you'll be all set. However, I take a different approach on the topic. You do need quick and reliable hardware for quick data recovery, but the area I see most people fail in are their data recovery procedures (or lack thereof). I see a general lack of documentation around standard operating procedures as well as a general lack of communication between the key administrators that need to pull everything off when a quick recovery is needed.

I'm a strong believer of not complicating things if they don't have to be. But I do realize that you absolutely have to have some semblance of structure and preparedness in place if you're going to respond appropriately rather than react inappropriately. So, start by prioritizing your critical systems, documenting specifically what needs to be done, and then test your procedures to validate the process. And be sure to take all of these steps in your data backup plan before you actually need them, otherwise you might run into some trouble.

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