Take the Pledge: Backup Your Files
Sunday marked one of the most important days of the year (for us, anyways). March 31, 2013 was World Backup Day 2013. This campaign was recently founded to remind computer users around the globe about the importance of backing up data. What would you do if you lost everything on your computer tomorrow? What would your business do if it were to suffer a natural disaster or power failure?
Did you know…
- More than 60 million computers will fail worldwide in 2013.
- Companies that aren’t able to resume their operations within 10 days after a disaster are not likely to survive.
- 90% of small companies spend less than 8 hours planning/managing their continuity plans.
- Between 60-70% of problems that hurt business are due to internal malfunctions of hardware or software.
- 80% of businesses that suffer a major disaster go out of business within one year.
- Over 50% of businesses experienced an unforeseen interruption. The majority of the interruptions caused the business to be closed one or more days.
- Only 1 in 4 people backup their information regularly.
- 113 cell phones are lost or stolen every minute in the U.S. alone.
Companies can choose from several options, when evaluating backup options. One option is to use comprehensive offsite backup services. These services are designed to run continuously in the background of your computer or server and provide your company with real-time data replication to a secure server within the data center. Another option to consider is colocation, which houses your IT infrastructure at a data center to maximize reliability and uptime. Colocation is maintained at Data Cave, our fully redundant Indiana data center, with on-site technicians who can manage any of your unforeseen crises.
In the spirit of World Backup Day 2013, we have put together some questions for you to consider while examining your own backup routine.
- Are you backing up every database that is important to you?
- Do you double check that your backups are working? Check your backed up data periodically to ensure the backup is complete and successful.
- Do you have multiple copies of your data? If you backup your data (photos, files, etc) and then remove them from your primary computer, you may want to consider redundant backups.
We challenge you to take the pledge to back up your files in celebration of World Backup Day.