March 31st is World Backup Day, a “day for people to learn about the increasing role of data in our lives and the importance of regular backups.” Visitors to the site are asked to pledge, “I solemnly swear to backup my important documents and precious memories on March 31st.” While it is important to backup your personal family photos, home videos and documents, it is absolutely critical to back up your company’s servers that host your website and databases.
According to EMC’s Global Data Protection Index, data loss costs companies more than $1.7 trillion per year worldwide. Additionally, according to PriceWaterhouseCoopers, 94% of companies that suffer a catastrophic data loss will go out of business within two years. Server backup can save your company from lost revenue, lost sales, lost development and lost, well, everything.
With World Backup Day approaching, now is a great time to evaluate your organization’s backup strategy. The checklist below will get you started:
- Determine what data is critical to your business
- Evaluate backup solutions that meet your data’s security requirements
- Select a backup solution and provider
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- Implement the backup solution
- Regularly test your backups to ensure everything is working as expected
With data increasingly becoming an organization’s most valuable commodity, don’t wait for DDoS attacks, bots, scripts, disk crashes and any number of unforeseeable data-loss events to prompt you to backup your servers. Get started today using the checklist above.