History of World Backup Day


According to worldbackupday.com and other sources:

  • 89% own a mobile phone
  • 60M computers will fail this year
  • 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute, or 200,000 per year
  • 43% of data loss is due to human error… or cockpit error, or that space between the seat back and the keyboard.
  • 1 in 10 computers are infected with viruses each month

How to Backup

There are essentially three ways you can protect your computer, laptop, or smartphone data — whether it’s via syncing, copying, or backing up…

1. Removable media

You can backup to tape (how 20th century), optical (how last millennium), thumb drive, or memory card. In many cases, while the capacity may be limited compared to other technologies, it has the advantage of being mobile. You can take it with you, or offsite against the threat of disaster.

  • Cons: slow, limited capacity, losable

2. Hard disk media

You can backup or sync to either a local hard drive or even a solid-state drive (SSD) which is often faster than removable media and offers greater capacity. It can be automated via backup software or even system software like Apple’s TimeMachine or Window’s Backup and Restore Center. However, unless it’s a mini-drive, it’s probably permanently attached to your computer, and rarely taken offsite. So you’ve got protection, but not disaster recovery capabilities.

  • Cons: more expensive, local

3. Cloud backup

Cloud computing is a popular trend that I write about elsewhere, and Backup as a Service (BaaS, a subset of Data Protection as a Service) is an increasingly easy and effortless way to do a backup. Using consumer services like Drive, Acronis, or Carbonite, you can send your data across the Internet to a Data Center, where your information is stored in their storage arrays.

  • Cons: slow initial backup, slow restore, may offer limited free capacity (Example: iCloud, iDrive), the policy may change. Example: CrashPlan no longer offers a consumer product. Mozy Backup from Berkeley Data Systems, once owned by EMC (now Dell) then Carbonite, has been shut down.

Writer and technologist. Author of fascinating articles about history, tech trends, and pop culture. billpetro.com @billpetro

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