We’ve been talking about backup a lot in the past few years. At one point, we even blogged about the amount of squirrels causing data loss around the world. The fact that this number is higher than zero is mind-blowing. It just goes to show that your business data is only safe until it isn’t.
Data loss, like squirrels, won’t come with a warning. Take it from a guy who watched his hard drive kick the bucket two weeks before dissertation deadline. It’s not fun. Without a robust backup you’ll find yourself in a quiet library screaming an elaborate but muffled string of swear-words into your coat. At least that’s what I did.
It’s not even just hardware that’ll catch you off-guard. Acts of nature, cyber-attacks, human error… the list goes on.
You’ll remember recently that the NHS suffered an attack from the WannaCry ransomware, which locked down their systems, demanding a bitcoin ransom for its return with no guarantees. British Airways recently suffered a power surge that knocked out operations and caused major disruption. Fate doesn’t care whether you’re a student, a healthcare provider or a multi-billion dollar business.
Data loss has affected us all at one point or another. You might know data loss by its many other names; spilling coffee on your laptop, dropping your phone down the toilet, gambling the contents of your USB stick by not properly ejecting. Data loss is frustrating, embarrassing, and sometimes disastrous. If only there were a way to go back in time, back before this all happened, a happier time before all the badness.
Luckily such a time machine exists (sort of). Effectively that’s what a backup is; it’s a clone of your data before the loss happened, stored separately so it doesn’t also get taken out.
You already know what a backup is, but it’s important to understand the practical business options available. Understanding backup and disaster recovery makes it possible to put in place the best option. There’s a lot to consider, including format, regulatory standards, budget restrictions and security vulnerabilities. Once all this is figured out, you’ll be able to hop in that time machine should your data get lost or corrupted. And who’s never thought about having their own time machine?
Backup and disaster recovery isn’t all bells and whistles, which is why it’s often overlooked. This technology’s most impressive feature is sustained normality. But, if time machines did exist, you wouldn’t want an angry future-you coming back, hoverboard underarm, ranting to you about a business-critical ransomware attack which you hadn’t prepared for.
For a deeper dive into backup and disaster recovery download our whitepaper, where we explain what goes into a disaster recovery plan, data security, and the pros and cons of your chosen backup solution. Do it for the future hoverboard-riding, silver-pant-wearing you.