Thursday, March 22, 2012
Organizations today should be taking steps to ensure that the information they produce, store and leverage on a daily basis is protected. That will be the focus of the upcoming World Backup Day, which is scheduled for March 31.
According to a release promoting the day-long event, there are more than 1.8 zettabytes of information produced around the world each year. However, the potential loss of data becomes a real problem when you consider the fact that hard drives fail at an annual rate of 3 percent, a figure that only increases with the age of the device.
As a result, it's increasingly important that companies and private users take the appropriate steps to prevent and mitigate the effects of data loss.
"Backing up your data will protect your life's work if that hard drive fails," the release stated. "World Backup Day is here to make sure that people actually start backing up."
For many, online backup services have proven to be more effective than hard drives at protecting data. Cloud-based tools have the ability to hold more information than traditional, on-premise equipment and can restore data much more quickly following an IT disaster.
When companies upload information to a hosted solution, the data is automatically taken offsite, which is a key consideration for any backup strategy. That also allows companies to make a second copy of it, eliminating any issues should something happen to the original.
"World Backup Day can easily be observed by spreading the word of data integrity and automatic backup," the release stated.
A recent Business Insider report also touched on the importance of having a data backup strategy in place. But the tools can't be simply installed and forgotten about. Instead, companies should test and audit their backup and recovery programs often to ensure that information can be restored and returned to operational status as quickly as possible, the report said.
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