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World Backup (and Availability) Day

31 Mar 2015 by Robyn Itule

Yes, you know to keep copies of your important files somewhere other than your desktop. But the importance of backing up is more significant than you think!

Consider this*:

  • 30% of people have never backed up
  • 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute
  • 29% of data disasters are caused accidentally
  • 1 in 10 computers are infected with a virus monthly
*Source: http://www.worldbackupday.com/en/

Given those statistics, backing up is obviously something individuals and businesses need to be doing more often than every March 31st. But it’s more than just having your most important documents and most precious memories stored safely — can you get to them when you want to?

Availability — or more accurately for most users, immediacy — is an important companion to backup. Veeam puts it this way:

For consumers, World Backup Day, which happens every year on March 31, is a great idea. Family photos, tax documents, e-mail — a hard drive crash or a spilled cup of coffee can cause a lot of heartache if nothing has been backed up. Even if it takes a few hours or even a couple of days to get the data back, that’s not a big deal.

But for businesses the question is no longer, “Are we backed up?” The question is now, “Are we always available?” It’s not enough to just back the data up.

Specific to business users, availability is even its own strategy. High Availability (HA) is focused on ensuring that applications, services, networks, databases and storage all are reliably available no matter what’s happening. That means having a plan for disaster avoidance, redundancies and recovery, too.

So on this World Backup Day, we encourage you to ensure that your enterprise data is backed up and available.