One of the most important jobs a DBA has is keeping their databases safe and protected. While performance is a critical factor in database administration, if the systems are unavailable it doesn’t matter how fast they respond to user requests. The ability to quickly restore databases with valid backups is a crucial component of a robust IT strategy.
Why Backups are Important
There are many reasons why you may need to use a backup to recover an SQL Server database. Some of them are:
I’m sure you can come up with other reasons where the availability of verified backups can be instrumental in keeping your systems up and yourself employed. The increasing dependency on virtualization and cloud computing adds a level of complexity to the challenge of creating valid backups of your SQL Servers.
Tips for Backing Up SQL Servers
Microsoft, the developers of SQL Server, has a set of best practices that form a great foundation for any database team to follow. IT departments that ignore these tips do so at their own risk.
The Right Tool for SQL Server Backups
Using the right tool for your SQL Server backups can have a tremendous impact on the level of protection your systems enjoy. It can streamline procedures and add functionality that cannot be achieved with a manual backup strategy. IDERA’s SQL Safe Backup is an excellent solution for database teams tasked with protecting an SQL Server environment. The application works with your real or virtual database instances that are located in-house or with a cloud provider.
SQL Safe Backup directly addresses many of the best practices that should be followed by a database team. Advanced encryption using 128-bit and 256-bit AES technology can be employed with minimal backup performance degradation. Backups can be mirrored to multiple locations during a single backup operation. The tool integrates with enterprise and cloud storage solutions, allowing for flexible backup and recovery strategies to be implemented.
Policy-based management allows automated backup and log shipping procedures to be implemented across the SQL Server environment. A centralized console and dashboard view can be used for monitoring and managing the backups throughout the enterprise. Alerts generated on backup operations such as successes, failures, and misses let the team stay on top of any issues affecting their ability to protect database resources. Keeping your databases safe is easy with SQL Safe Backup.
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