IT professionals like programmers and database administrators have heard about best practices many times during their careers. Sometimes they adopt those recommendations and make them part of their work regimen. In other cases, the attempts at passing along well-earned knowledge falls on deaf ears. If despite all of the warnings that you have heard regarding database backups you are still not regularly performing this critically important practice, we hope this post will serve as a wakeup call.
Maybe you forgot about implementing backups or just don’t want to spend the time and resources required to create them. This attitude flies in the face of advice from computing professionals everywhere. Don’t be confused. You and your databases need backups. Maybe you just don’t realize it yet.
Problems Can Happen Anywhere and at Anytime
Smoothly running databases and computing environments can result in a false sense of security taking residence with the responsible support teams. Day after day of high performance and full availability can make it appear that nothing can ever go wrong. But unforeseen events or the ever-present possibility of human error or malice can seemingly come out of nowhere at any time.
Imagine the situation a DBA would be in after any of these scenarios if they had not protected their databases with reliable backups. You certainly don’t want to be in that position when a post-mortem is conducted on your organization’s preparedness where management wants to find out why it took weeks for systems to be recreated. Nobody wants to be the one answering that the delay was due to a failure to back up the systems.
Having Reliable Backups is Your Best Defense
There are many other types of unexpected events that can result in the need for databases to be restored or rebuilt. Without adequate backups, this task can prove to be extremely difficult or impossible. As a DBA, one of your most important jobs is to protect your databases with backups. You can go for years without ever needing them, but when they are needed, the situation is often critical.
IDERA’s SQL Safe Backup is designed to streamline the process of backing up SQL Server databases. The tool supports physical and virtual servers located on-premises or with cloud providers. SQL Safe Backup has many features that make it a great solution for DBAs concerned about keeping their valuable data safe. Some of its advanced features include:
SQL Safe Backup can give your database team what they want and what they need. It provides a method to ensure their databases are protected so they are available when the unexpected happens. That one time you really need your backups makes all of the time spent on the process well worthwhile.
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