If I have service redundancy, why do I also need back ups?
The simple answer is that replication is excellent for protecting against hardware failure, however the almost instant replication of data means that errors and deletion are also instantly replicated. To protect against potential data loss of this nature requires archives capable of point in time recovery and this is done by regular backups.
Further, if you're backing up your data but you're not saving it offsite, you're putting it at risk. If something happens to your office, all that data could be lost. That's why we offer affordable, easy-to-use online backup services that you can send your data to seamlessly for safe keeping.
Why You Should Always Have More Than One Backup
Your data really isn't safe unless you're backing up properly and with lots of redundancy. The computer backup rule of three, also known as the Backup 3-2-1 rule, can help ensure that your data will last.
Local backup is a useful and necessary part of securing your data against catastrophe, but with the advent of broadband and inexpensive online storage, you've got little reason to not back up critical files to the cloud as well.
Using just one kind of backup (e.g., an external hard drive or SD card backup) is really not a backup. You need both off-site backup storage (e.g., an automated cloud solution), plus backups to different media types, and multiple copies of everything you want to protect. Here's the old IT rule-of-thumb for backing up: Set Up an Automated, Bulletproof File Back Up Solution
- 3 copies of anything you care about - Two isn't enough if it's important.
- 2 different formats - Example: Dropbox+DVDs or Hard Drive+Memory Stick.
- 1 off-site backup - If the office burns down, how will you get your data back?