The Vatican Library is going to be digitized onto 2.8 petabytes of storage
It’s going to take over 9 years to digitize all the rare books in the library!
Creating a data recovery and business continuity plan is not just for major Fortune 500 companies. Creating a plan to handle any data loss or corruption event for your small business should a top priority.
Businesses of all sizes are increasingly relying on digital data to run their operations. Losing that data can severely disrupt or even shut down your business. We recommend creating a comprehensive contingency plan to prevent and recover from any data loss catastrophe.
The last point should be repeated: Any backup plan must include plans to both prevent and recover from any data loss.
by Tom McDonald
Code 42 Software, makers of CrashPlan Online Backup Software
“Sunday is World Backup Day,” I said to my mother-in-law.
She stared at me for a second, and then said, “Sunday is Easter,” glancing over at my wife with one of those “did you really pick him” looks that I’ve kind of grown used to over the years.
My wife is from a small town in Central Illinois. No LTE. Not even 3G. We go there every Easter weekend. My in-laws have an old iMac, but no Internet connection for it.
“I know it’s Easter,” I said, “but it’s World Backup Day too. I have to find an Internet connection today so I can upload my blogpost.”
Again, the look.
Last summer, Gartner predicted that average storage per household would grow from 464 gigabytes in 2011 to 3.3 terabytes in 2016. I have a lot more than 464 gigabytes, but average in a few of my mother-in-laws, and 464 gigs seems reasonable.
As I drove around this small Midwestern town looking for Wi-Fi, I realized that to a large percent of Planet Earth, World Backup Day might seem a bit odd and inconsequential. So the importance of advocating good computer backup habits on Easter Sunday deserves a bit of a reality check.
That said, the computer hard drive of today is the photo box, scrapbook, file cabinet, vinyl record collection and lockbox of this generation. My mother-in-law saved letters from her friends sent during the Korean War. Today we save digital photos and emails from those we know serving overseas. So for the millions whose memories, lives and livelihoods have become tied their personal digital media—protecting it is important.
For those fortunate enough to participate in the transition from physical to digital, the ride has been an amazing one. A lifetime of photos at your fingertips; nearly unlimited entertainment and communication options in your pocket; apply for your dream job from anywhere by updating and sending your resume from your button-less phone. However, physical photos, papers, books and vinyl records do not fly around almost constantly at 75 miles-per-hour, just millionths of an inch from crashing against a rock-hard read/write head. Your digital media does. So with the benefits of digital, comes a relatively new personal digital habit of protecting it … a habit that too many of us only become advocates for after mishaps strikes.
At worldbackupday.com, it is reported that only 1 in 4 people back up their data regularly, and that 60 million computers will fail worldwide this year—leading to 45 million times that files will be lost forever. Other studies show new hard drives crash or fail 2-4% of the time (or higher).
To prepare for this blog, I sent a Google Docs survey to about 50 of my LinkedIn contacts a few weeks ago. I received 31 responses. Hardly a statistically significant number, but I knew I was reaching folks that would answer honestly and had more gigabytes at risk than my mother-in-law.
Every day at Code 42 we hear from happy customers who were able to recover lost files using CrashPlan. None of them have ever said, “I am glad I got all my data back, but it really wasn’t worth the 5 minutes of set up time.”
CrashPlan installs in minutes. No extra hardware required. There is a small monthly charge to back up securely over the Internet to the CrashPlan Central secure cloud.
However, what separates CrashPlan from other backup software is the ability for users to partner with a friend and automatically (without forgetting) back up to each others’ hard drives over the Internet for free. There are no fees. There is nothing to buy and you can get started right now.
Simply download the free CrashPlan software and follow these instructions. In less time than it takes to shave your head, you and a friend could be on your way to a worry-free digital life … for free.