Jeff Atwood, of Coding Horror and Stack Overflow recently learned the hard way that not all backups are equal. Here are some takeaways we can learn from his mistakes:
- Responsibility for your data begins with you - when your vendor says they are backing up your system nightly to a heavily guarded mountain hideout somewhere in Nevada, ignore them and figure out a way to backup your data yourself
- Periodically restore your backups - just because you are backing up doesn't mean you will be able to restore your data. Run regular tests to make sure the backups themselves are viable.
- Treat different kinds of data differently - according to Atwood's experiences, static web text seems to be easier to recover than media files. Focus your backup & restore efforts on the high risk files like images, videos and audio files.