Being not in the business of disaster recovery, coming at this from another angle- a business consultant, recently I was asked about this by a client.
Often in life, we take things for granted- that we assume people know this stuff or are doing it.
For me its been 3 years strong, doing this off site, cloud based solution and was surprised by the many who were unaware of its availability or simplicity.
The cost has also come down considerably while our thirst for data collection in the forms of pictures, videos etc seems to have gone up with the new technology on the scene like smart phones and tablets.
Over the last 4 weeks, I decided to dig into this and beta some products as well as share with you the one I use and am always happy with their incremental product improvements.
They all have specific benefits and some could use others, but it stands to mention the simple fact that disaster recovery of our data- off site- is very important.
When we look to what happened in Japan recently, it is a clear message to have your data off site, or business records to personal memories could be wiped out. Having a daughter who is half Japanese, this really hit home for me. Like many, we needed to pack and evac and decide what we should take. I was grateful one thing was handled- all of my data. I knew I could retrieve it later (as long as I've been paying my bill!)
We all know we dodged a bullet in Hawaii, but why wait until the next event to get your data backed up? Wonder if some of the local businesses in Kona had their stuff backed up, as the waves came across the sea wall?
If you'd like to see the video and report, go here.
Share it with friends that might be interested, as their personal data is equally important to backup. You can point them to my story to support your encouragement for getting them involved in this priority, as missing the pictures or family videos to a flood, fire, hard drive failure etc., doesn't have to happen today.
Let me know your thoughts on what you've found to be great products or solutions to these challenges.