One great value of the Yosemite Server Backup data protection solution is your ability to define data retention policies. Retention policies allow you to balance your data protection and historical retention needs with the economic realities of media and management costs.
Yosemite Server Backup lets you set up jobs that run automatically on regular schedules. To determine which type of backup job to create, answer the following questions:
How many days of data can you afford to lose?
How large will a full backup job be?
How much does your data change on a day to day basis?
How many media does your budget allow?
How much data can the backup media hold?
If you have a library, how many tapes does it hold?
Are there times when your tape drive will be unavailable?
Will the amount of traffic on your network require backup jobs to be scheduled to run during non-peak periods?
Are there certain days of the week when running lengthy jobs will interfere with other uses of your network?
As you review the articles in this section, keep these questions in mind to help you determine which backup job schedule to select for any particular job.