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4 minute readStorage System Failure: The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (And How To Recover From It)

Your data is your business’ backbone. Without the structure of your finances, customer database, inventory and administrative information, your business is like a jellyfish floundering in the wide-open sea.

Avoiding this catastrophe is a top priority. But what if you have committed to too little, too late in terms of backup, and your storage system does a belly flop into the deep end?

After all, you never know what the future holds, whether that be a natural disaster, hackers, or social anarchy. Prepare for anything, even the worst-case scenario, with this recovery advice.

Storage System Flops

If you are experiencing the sudden death of your storage system, there are a couple of things to take into consideration. You need to begin with a full recovery of the data.

This is where your backup plan should have kept you on solid ground with plenty of storage and capabilities. The hope is that your backup plan worked successfully, and that you will be ready to move forward without faltering.

What if your backups worked, but your storage system is shot? Now you have nothing to use for the recovery process. You have a fish on the line, but no way to reel it in, and this is particularly tedious. Until you have repaired or replaced your storage system your backup is left in the balances.

Dive Into Data Recovery

Step 1:

The first thing you need to do is take inventory of your data. In order to check your data without access to your storage system you need to have a holistic backup service from the start.

This ensures you have the ability to verify your backup from another perspective than solely from uploading to your storage system. If your data is recoverable, maintain it until you move through the next step. If possible, make a copy of your backup to use for the recovery process, just in case.

Step 2:

Take inventory of your data storage system. Check to see if it can be salvaged. Do not attempt to transfer your data back into the system until you are clear that it is A-OK. The last thing you want to do is create more trouble for already problematic situation.

Replace the system ASAP if need be. If you need a system replacement, you can check for a storage provider such as Reliant Technology that can provide fully configured storage systems that can be ready to ship the same day.

Step 3:

Once the system is ready to go, take the plunge by using your copy of your backup data.

Step 4:

Revamp your backup and data recovery process by investing into a more up-to-date and user-friendly solution. By using your recent experience you can determine what level of backup and recovery program would be most applicable for your business’ data needs.

Future Fish to Fry

Now that you have experienced your first data-related heart attack, it’s time to take your backup process more seriously. Consider an always-on data center that allows you to cover your storage needs in the most comprehensive manner. Your next terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day will be somewhat doable with holistic backup and recovery solutions protecting your pool of data.

Reach Out for Help

Want to avoid a data crisis or need help recovering from a storage system failure? Reliant Technology has the in-depth product knowledge from our team of storage experts to help you craft a production and/or backup solution to help protect your business’ data. You may also want to consider third-party support as well.

Reliant offers 5 comprehensive levels of support so you can customize the coverage to match your unique needs. To learn more about our storage offerings or support for your storage, server, and networking equipment, reach out to one of Reliant’s storage and support specialists or call 1.877.227.0828.


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Reid Smith-Vaniz

by Reid Smith-Vaniz

Reid is the founder and CEO of Reliant Technology and for 14 years has pursued his mission to remove the pain associated with maintaining IT infrastructure. Reid writes on common challenges related to maintaining, servicing, tracking, budgeting, and upgrading technology.

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