When things go bad, you start thinking….

I was talking to my Office Manager about her upstairs getting flooded yesterday. Water soaked the entire upstairs, and started to seep through the ceiling. The “disaster recovery folks” are currently evaluating the damage and coming up with a plan to put things back in order. This is the second time, something like this has happened to someone I know. As I walked away, I started thinking about my house. What would happen to things around the if my upstairs or downstairs started flooding? Maybe I should raise my music system off the floor.

Funny how a disaster put things in perspective. Instead of planning to protect and limit damages after a disaster, people [in general] think about it in hindsight. This is especially true when its comes to protecting your data. Numerous recent incidents like the one at GE, or the famous Veterans affair one are classic examples, where the thought about “protecting the data” came “after'” the catastrophic event. While these are instance of loss of privacy more than loss of data, some of the underlying reason are very similar. This post by Jerri Ledford, highlights the need for a backup and recovery solution very well. Outside of common sense, there are enough regulatory and compliance requirements, which should drive any enterprise to backup data.

While it is true, that some of the “bigger” vendors have made backup and recovery a rocket science, things are changing. Complexity of installation and configuration are not excuses anymore. In fact you can install, configure and verify a backup and recovery solution within minutes. So, do not procrastinate. Take a look at your infrastructure and understand your backup needs. Make sure you dont pay for the features that you do not use and do not get locked into vendors who holds you and your data hostage. Check out the Open Source Leader in Backup and Recovery . Do not wait for things to go bad, to start thinking. Act now.

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