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Celebrating backup awareness month

by on June 19, 2012

June is the month we celebrate the sacred tradition of moving data from active service to archives and backup data management, because just one day in March isn’t enough time to dedicate to data tape.

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In the jubilant spirit of the holiday, some companies are giving out free basic maintenance or service reviews, while others are simply creating customer awareness of backup data methods and the benefits they provide. Data security is a big part of moving information onto tape drives and using vault management for passwords and other security procedures, not just for your business but the people it serves.

Of course, the fact that AT&T found about 40 percent of businesses close after a data loss incident is also a very good motivational tool in deciding to incorporate backup tape solutions into your business continuity plan. Companies may also want to take the time this month to talk to staff about the importance of following required backup protocol on a regular, if not daily basis, seeing as AT&T’s study found that almost 95 percent of all businesses with such guidelines in place don’t see their employees actually following them.

If a worker is following a course of action that could potentially put his or her employer out of business, Backup Awareness Month is an opportune time to educate them on the importance of following company rules.

Remembering data loss past

Backup Awareness Month is also a time of reflection on data breaches past and present, where those of us fortunate enough to still have our sensitive business information intact and preserved safely at third-party storage facilities recall times when things weren’t so good.

We may even want to sit down and watch a movie like Toy Story 2, a film created exclusively using computer technology, that probably wouldn’t exist today if it wasn’t for a lucky backup data solution. During its creation, according to CrashPlan, the development team accidentally deleted the entire film from Pixar’s database, meaning months of work were irrevocably destroyed. Since they didn’t have backup data software on-site and no other copies existed, all seemed lost until a work-at-home mom, also Toy Story 2’s technical director, happened to have made a backup copy with her own backup program.

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