Every day, in every country, computer owners suffer mass data casualties. They lose their data due to drive crash, theft of their computing devices, viral infections, being the victim of hacking, fire damage, water damage, and many other less popular but equally destructive reasons.
According to online backup firm Mozy, 140,000 hard drives fail in the United States every week. That’s over 7.28 million data losses every year in the United States from one single cause.
Smartphones and Tablets Die from Drowning Every Day (and Lose Your Data)
Today it just isn’t computers losing data. A multitude of new new devices like smartphones and tablets store unique and important data. These mobile devices lack the mechanical hard drives that tend to fail. They are more subject to data loss due to theft, and by being submerged in water. How many phones have found their way into toilets?
Businesses Lose More than Data
The cost of data loss to your small business can be staggering. Closure of companies following a data loss exceeds 60% of effected businesses within one year of the data loss. Data loss is a significant reason causing companies to file for bankruptcy.
Government isn’t Exempt from Data Loss
Even the IRS, that agency that seems to never forget anything has been stricken by severe data loss.
Data Loss is On the Increase
A June 2014 study by Kroll Ontrack describes the current data loss situation clearly:
“harddrive crashes more than doubled in the last four years, prevailing as the most common cause of data loss according to customer data”.
Solutions to Data Loss
Solutions to prevent and survive data loss aren’t technically many. The solutions require always working implementations and have ongoing associated costs. Implement and never check systems tend to end up in similar failures like we’ve long seen with tape backups and the very high rates of failure with those backups.
Backup Solution #1 – Tape
Tape backups although less popular than they use to be remain a common way of backing up data. Tapes continue to be slow, require regular human intervention, good inventory of tapes, regular vaulting (ideally off location), and purchasing of expensive new tapes. If you use tapes, you need to spot verify the data integrity and monitor the condition of the tape media as they are notoriously plagued by both.
Backup Solution #2 – Disk to Disk LAN backups
Backups done on a local network or LAN server have become the standard in many places. These are good where important documents only are backed up as opposed to bulky entire OS installations. LAN backup servers can be built with proper redundancy like RAID which uses several drives to replicate your data and avoid single drive failures. LAN backups tend to fail for other reasons, like localized weather related incidents, earthquakes, fires, etc. The LAN backup needs some place off location to back up to for proper data insurance and redundancy.
Backup Solution #3 – Remote Backups
The real backup solution is a remote backup performed online or over the internet. This often is marketed these days as a “cloud backup”. There is nothing weather related here, and the forecast for remote backups as a drop in replacement for local data backups isn’t any time soon.
Remote backups are limited by your internet transfer speeds and therefore are slow for just about everyone. Restoring data in case of a total loss locally could take literally weeks (depending on amount of data you have to download).
Remote backups excel for other logical reasons:
- Out of local damage area – remote backups are off site, ideally not in your same local area and thus not subject to local problems.
- Cost – remote backup storage prices are falling quickly. They are much less costly than LAN based backups you should also have.
- Flexibility – remote backups vary in how they are implemented and what protocols they support. Not everything is proprietary limited software. Some remote backup solutions allow you to map your backup space as a remote drive to your desktop and support common Linux commands.
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