Why do I need a backup of my data?
Posted on 2004-11-17
I know - dumb question. But a client of ours is saying exactly this. I want to pick your brains to come up with some good, real-world examples or reasons why data backup is very important. Currently we're just backing up to disk on the server using NT Backup, and the client claims that this is good enough for them. They claim that their data primarily resides on the client PCs and the server contains a backup copy of the important data from the PCs. Their thinking is that if we lose the data on the server, it can be restored from the client PCs.
I know this is not a good scenario and they should be backing up to tape or something similar because this is a legitimate company with legitimate critical data to protect. I'd like to help them look beyond simply making copies of their data to see the ramifications of not having a smooth restore procedure in place as well. Thanks for any input.