Saturday, November 05, 2011

Good work habits?: check the backups or archives you are responsible for

Here’s another little workplace caution, which I may have mentioned before.

If part of a project you implement has the purpose of archiving something, with a low likelihood that the archive will actually be used soon, it’s important to access and try to validate and use pieces of the archive created by the production elements.  Otherwise, a large inventory of unusable backups could accumulate until the customer suddenly requests it.  It’s part of “good work habits”.

The issue will become more critical now as many company are starting to outsource backup capabilities to “cloud computing”.

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