#1 – How are you backing up your data? Online, local hard drive, tape? A good backup plan will include multiple methods.
#2 – How many backup rotations do you keep? A backup you overwrite every night is useless. You should have a minimum of 5 days but 10 days of backups is preferred. The further you can roll back the better.
#3 – How quick can you restore from a failure? Traditional backup methods can require more than 3 days to recover from a server loss. The best can have you back up and running in minutes. Simulate a server recovery to identify your weak points.
#4 – You do have an off-site backup don’t you? Backups that are only inside your office are no good if there is a disaster to the building or server room. All good backup plans must include an offsite backup for mission critical data.
#5 – Online backup only is no good. If you are only backing up online your recovery plan will have multiple days of delays while you download your data or wait for your data to be shipped to you. An online backup is never the only answer to recover from a server loss. You must always have a local full backup.