The Importance of Backup Verification
It is an established fact that every company needs to back up their files. Having an extra copy of everything saved at another location is essential in the event that files on one network get corrupted or accidentally erased. Backup and recovery processes are an integral part of any organization. Security and network device configuration backups help reduce downtime if systems get affected in any way.
However, it is not enough to just backup files. While files are being transferred from one device to another or from a device to the cloud, errors could take place. If the integrity of the files being backed up is affected, the backup is in effect, rendered uselessly. To ensure that this doesn’t happen all backups need to be verified. Backup verification can be manual, or it can be automated.
When done manually the process can be very time consuming, especially if there is a large number of files. There is also the possibility of human error when file backup verification is done manually. It is therefore preferred that file backup verification is automated. The right tools for automating backup verification can perform multiple verification tasks, at a fraction of the time, and with no errors.
What an Automated File Backup Verification Can Do?
When a company employs the use of a file backup verification solution, it can be configured to check the size of the files that are being transferred to the backup system. A range of the expected file size can be entered into the system, and each file is checked to see if it fits in that range. Because this is an automated process, it can be done fairly quickly even if there are thousands of files being backed up.
There is also higher accuracy when checking the file size so that nothing goes unnoticed. This function ensures that all the backed-up files are within a certain size range.
Size deviation check:
Further to the ensuring that all the backed-up files fall within a certain size, the backup verification solution can identify files that deviate from the expected size range. When this happens, the administrator is alerted so that further verification can be performed.
File integrity after transmission:
While backing up files is essential, and it is also important to ensure that the files are backed up properly and are not damaged or corrupted during the transfer. A good automated file backup verification solution can check the integrity of the files after the transmission. If any files have been affected the administrator is alerted and a second backup can be performed.
File integrity should also be checked at regular intervals to ensure that the configuration backup is still usable even after an extended period of time.
Verification of keywords in the configuration:
An automated configuration backup verification solution can also verify keywords in the backup. The required keywords that need to be verified can be entered into the system, and the solution will ensure that the keywords have been backed up with the configuration.
Corrupted archive verification:
One of the most important functions of an automated configuration backup verification solution is to ensure that the backed-up files can be used for recovery when needed. If the files get corrupted during the process of being backed up or before the backup, then they will not serve this purpose.
The backup verification solution is able to check if files are corrupted before or during the backup process and prevent them from being corrupted. This ensures that all the files that are backed-up will be accessible and usable as and when required.
Why is Backup Verification Important?
Configuration files of security and network devices are backed up so that in case of any problem with the current system, the backup can be accessed and used. Having a backup is like having insurance for disaster recovery or any other time there is a system failure. Every organization should have a backup of their network configurations to reduce downtime and costs in a time of crisis.
However, if at the time when the backup is required the backed-up files are corrupted, then they are of no use to the company at all. Files that are corrupted can’t be used to restore configurations, and the whole purpose of having a backup is defied. Regardless of how often an organization ensures that their security and network configurations are protected with an extra backup, if the integrity of the files is not verified, there could be a serious risk of losing all configurations.
Imagine a scenario where there was an earthquake that caused a considerable amount of physical damage to the equipment and devices on a company’s network. The company has to replace all of their hardware and networked devices and restore all of the earlier configurations so that organization can be up and running as soon as possible. The longer it takes for the company to restart operations, the greater the losses.
If there is a good backup of the configuration files, the process of restoration is quick and easy. If, however when it is time for the backup to be used the files can’t be read because they were damaged or corrupted during the backup, the process will be stalled.
Without a healthy backup, the company has to start configurating their entire network from scratch which would not only cost time and money but could also leave room for errors and omissions.
Backup verifications of configuration files prevent the second scenario from happening. It leaves nothing to chance because it makes sure that the files being backed-up are viable and can be used to restore the configurations at a later date.
Regular maintenance and verification of backups will also help to make sure that the files will be in good condition when they are needed.
BackBox has backup verification solutions that perform all the above-mentioned functions. The solution is also automated so that it is fast and more efficient than manually performing the same task. With the solution in place, it is guaranteed that all configuration backups are viable.