Backing up your data is part of any good disaster recovery strategy. Losing your Salesforce data is a real threat, and there is no worse feeling than when you find your stomach in your throat while looking at data that has disappeared. If you haven’t experienced this feeling yet, you’re not missing out!
Are you using the weekly exports within to backup your Salesforce data? This might not be the best long-term solution. Salesforce actually recommends that users use a third party solution for data backups. If you find that you aren’t using a third party solution and need to backup your data, Salesforce charges a hefty fee and time-consuming process to get the data back for you. So what gives? Why does Salesforce recommend a third party solution when they offer a weekly export?
Great question. Here are a few drawbacks of the weekly backup feature that Salesforce offers:
Daily Backups > Weekly Backups
Currently, Salesforce only offers weekly, manual backups. Daily backups are typically a better practice than once a week. If you wait a week between each backup, you better hope nothing happens to your data in the meantime. If you do lose data in the middle of your weekly schedule, you could be missing out on A LOT of data being backed up.
Some services even offer backups more frequently. Backing up your data at multiple points during each day (or at least once a day) can help ensure you won’t lose much if disaster strikes. Daily backups are a better strategy to ensure you’re not missing out on much data if something happens. A backup and recovery solution will help make sure you can recover your data from the point of loss.
The 48 Hour Download Window
When you perform a weekly export in Salesforce, you only have 48 hours to download your exported ZIP files. If you miss it – you miss it, and you’ll have to wait until the next backup occurs. In addition to this, there is no sandbox support for your exports, and data exports can be delayed if the files are too large. Multiple ZIP archives will be created for large orgs. Overall, this is a time consuming process to download these ZIP files and get them into a database. Some solutions, like Reflection Enterprise, allow you to create schedules for your backups so you can truly set it and forget it. Your time is better spent elsewhere!
Where are you storing your data once you receive the export? If you’re storing it on a laptop, or personal (even work) computer – it might not be safe! We recommend storing your data in a secure location on-premise. This is typically the safest way where you are in complete control of your data. Cloud solutions are popular, but not the right choice for everyone, and this is where on-premise options like Reflection come in. When you choose to store your data on-premise, you’re in 100% of control of the data, and the security measures you’d like in place.
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