Considerations for Transitioning to New Backup Software

As applications grow and improve, it is sometimes necessary for businesses to move to not just an updated version of their existing product, but to a new product altogether, one that may take a radically different approach to format and organization. 

When it comes to transitioning to a new backup system, these challenges are magnified by the need to always have the safety net that a full backup represents.  During the transition itself, the enterprise may experience a period of time during which the new system is installed but a full backup has yet to be created.  Because this can be a tense situation even when experienced managed programs staff are heading the transition project, such staff should take reasonable precautions to safeguard the enterprise's data during this critical time.

Key Elements of a Backup Software Transition Strategy

One essential step to take is to maintain full documentation of current backup procedures.  This means noting which areas of the system are backed up and at what intervals.  It is also essential to note where such backup files are written.  Whenever possible, the new backup software should be configured to match the existing process enterprise staff are accustomed to. 

Having a thorough review of backup procedures is important in a second way because it gives staff and IT services experts an opportunity to analyze current procedures.  These procedures may have developed over time and could possibly represent a less than efficient approach to backups.  Before fully installing the new software, staff can decide on needed changes so that future backups are more streamlined.

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