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World Backup Day: Data is for keeps, not just for today

The Corbel Blog

In case you didn’t know, March 31st is also known as World Backup Day!

So when was the last time you made a successful backup of your critical systems? When did you last check those backups would be good should you need to restore in the event of a disaster? Take the pledge – make a backup today, test it and create a backup plan going forwards. Don’t risk your business because you’ve risked your data.

 

 

A section from the official press release for World Backup Day sums it all up nicely:

“With so much of our lives, photos, and videos being stored in digital form, it is important that we begin to make backups of our precious data.  Backing up your data is one of those easy-to-do procedures that many people ignore.

People now create and generate over 1.8 zettabytes of data per year.¹ That’s a lot of data that we need to protect! Unfortunately, nearly 30% of people have never even backed up their data.² Backing up your data will protect your life’s work when that hard drive fails. If you are a small business, a data backup can be what saves your company. World Backup Day is here to make sure that people actually start backing up.

World Backup Day can easily be observed by spreading the word of data integrity and automatic backup. Share World Backup Day with all your friends and family. The virtues of both local and offsite data backup sites should be extolled.  People should relay and take heed of the tales of devastating data disasters like the loss of an entire season of a children’s television series³ or the near complete loss of customer data by Microsoft’s & T-Mobile’s Sidekick.⁴ Even Pixar accidentally lost nearly 90% of the animated film Toy Story 2 to an errant computer command.⁶ So sad, all they needed was a proper backup plan that included regularly testing the data restores.”

More information regarding World Backup Day can be found at their official site.

Need help with a backup plan for your company? Is your current backup infrastructure stuggling to handle your current volume of data and yearly increase in growrth? Contact us here at Corbel on 01473 241515 or use our contact form and we’ll be happy to discuss your situation and requirements to help you get the best solution for your business.

 

Sources:
[1] Extracting Value from Chaos, IDC Digital Universe study
[2] [Backblaze survey](https://www.backblaze.com/blog/the-survey-says-apathy-is-winning)
[3] [Zodiac Island data loss](http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9215417/Lawsuit_claims_fired_data_center_worker_wiped_out_TV_show)
[4] [Sidekick data loss](http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/10/10/t-mobile-microsoft-lost-all-the-sidekick-backups/)
[5] [Microsoft](http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/oct09/10-15sidekick.mspx)
[6] [Pixar Toy Story 2 data loss](http://www.quora.com/Did-Pixar-accidentally-delete-Toy-Story-2-during-production?share=1)
[6] [Pixar Toy story 2 data loss transcript](http://thenextweb.com/media/2012/05/21/how-pixars-toy-story-2-was-deleted-twice-once-by-technology-and-again-for-its-own-good)
[7] [Mag.nolia shutdown](http://www.wired.com/2009/01/magnolia-suffer)