World Backup Day – Lessons IT Should Impart to their End Users

World Backup Day

Let’s face it – the biggest data losses from hard drive failures happen to consumers who don’t always understand backup and lack the tools or motivation to either do it or do it properly.

IT should care about backup for two reasons. They must train end users who aren’t supported by a backup solution (such as those with a BYOD device) to get and use one, and they must make sure that IT-supported backup systems are set up properly and cover those devices they should cover, ideally 100 percent of company-issued devices.

Most likely, your end users could learn a few lessons from the annual World Backup Day, held the day before April Fool’s Day since 2011. Too many end users simply don’t back up their data and then kick themselves when it’s gone. Or they ask their IT folks to try and get it back – an impossible or expensive task in the case of a total hard drive meltdown.

According to a World Backup Day press release, “People now create and generate over 1.8 zettabytes of data per year. That’s a lot of data that we need to protect! Unfortunately, nearly 30% of people have never even backed up their data. Backing up your data will protect your life’s work when that hard drive fails. If you are a small business, a data backup can be what saves your company. World Backup Day is here to make sure that people actually start backing up.”

Ismail Jadun, World Backup Day founder, hopes people will spread the word, and perhaps folks in IT can send out an alert to those they support about the event. “World Backup Day can easily be observed by spreading the word of data integrity and automatic backup. Share World Backup Day with all your friends and family. The virtues of both local and offsite data backup sites should be extolled.”

Jadun is quick to note that even big companies are not immune to backup failures, “People should relay and take heed of the tales of devastating data disasters like the loss of an entire season of a children’s television series or the near complete loss of customer data by Microsoft’s & T-Mobile’s Sidekick. Even Pixar accidentally lost nearly 90% of the animated film Toy Story 2 to an errant computer command. So sad, all they needed was a proper backup plan that included regularly testing the data restores.”

Jadun hopes that everyone will take the pledge: “I solemnly swear to back up my important documents and precious memories on March 31. I will also tell my friends and family about World Backup Day — friends don’t let friends go without a backup.”

Cloud Backup to the Rescue

In the old days there was an excuse for not backing up. It was difficult. External hard drives often were hard to set up. And you had to manually back up your recent data.  In most organizations, if IT had no centralized automated backup, employees were on their own.

Cloud backup changes all of that by automatically and regularly copying your files. And restoration is a snap as this data is resting comfortably in the cloud just waiting for you use it.

Kaseya has a cloud backup solution that is ideal for SMBs and managed service providers alike. Recently Kaseya introduced Kaseya Cloud Backup, powered by Acronis. With Kaseya Cloud Backup, you can back up and recover every machine you manage on-premises or in the cloud – all from one place.

Store Backups on Your Cloud or Ours

Storing your backups to local storage, network storage, your own cloud storage or competitively priced cloud storage is available through Kaseya Cloud Backup. If you choose the offsite backup through Kaseya’s cloud solution, you won’t have to lift a finger to support or manage the infrastructure.

The Power of Integration with Kaseya VSA

By leveraging the power of Kaseya VSA with Kaseya Cloud Backup, you can quickly define backup policies by organization, machine group, or device type. Create as many policies as you need to simplify managing the backup requirements of the entire set of infrastructures under your control, and ensure you are meeting all compliance procedures. Changes in standard policy procedures can be applied to multiple machines and environments with a few simple clicks. In addition, you can create policies in VSA to automatically restart failed backups, shut down machines prior to backing up, and many other problems that commonly occur during routine backup processes.

Learn more about how Kaseya Cloud Backup can help your company.

Posted by Doug Barney
Doug Barney was the founding editor of Redmond Magazine, Redmond Channel Partner, Redmond Developer News and Virtualization Review. Doug also served as Executive Editor of Network World, Editor in Chief of AmigaWorld, and Editor in Chief of Network Computing.
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