March 31 is World Backup Day. Yes, that’s a thing now. Wedged between International Whiskey Day and Manatee Appreciation Day (also April Fools), World Backup Day is meant to remind anyone who uses a computer of the perils of failing to consistently back up your data.
And if you’re reading this, that means you. World Backup Day organizers estimate 30 percent of all computer users have never once backed up their data. You might as well be playing with fire because if you suffer a security breach, lose your computer or experience a severe power outage, you may be kissing your data goodbye. Forever.
So the need for data backup is no joke. But it’s important to keep in mind that backing up isn’t just about replicating data.
Sure, data replication is vital, but “backups” don’t stop there. There’s also the need for power backup. We’re talking about battery backup and surge protection for computers, external drives, WiFi routers, mobile devices, home servers, and other electronics. As home appliances and devices are getting connected to WiFi, the need to ensure a consistent power supply is greater than ever.
Power for Everyone
Every end user, whether you’re a casual web surfer, telecommuter or corporate worker, needs power backup. If you don’t have it, an outage not only prevents you from using your devices but also from backing up your data. So unless your regularly scheduled backup took place just seconds before the outage, you’re sure to lose some data and recent file changes.
Power failures are all but inevitable. Electric utilities have gotten better at preventing outages, but they still happen, often as a result of weather.
Other outage causes include substation failures and damage to transmission lines. And of course there’s summer. Persistent high temperatures in the summertime have been known to cause outages by driving power consumers to turn up their air conditioners and, at times, overload power circuits.
What this all comes down to is you need a reliable power backup source to prevent a loss of precious data, be it personal finance records, family pictures or your MP3 collection. If you are a dedicated home gamer, what’s worse than experiencing a power outage right as you finally reach that pinnacle level or collect that rare relic?
Are You Protected?
Our lives have become more and more dependent on electric power. You can’t even fuel your car during an outage, unless you can find a gas station with a backup generator.
As a computer and electronics user, you need the same forethought as that gas station owner by investing in battery backup and surge protection for your devices. If you haven’t done so yet, take a look at your computing devices and electronics to see what kind of protection you need. If you’re running a home office or small business, consider asking an IT Solution Provider or MSP (Managed Services Provider) about managed power services.
With managed power services, you have power backup plus round-the-clock monitoring by a provider who ensures devices run properly and backup power is ready to kick in when needed.
As World Backup Day comes and goes, take a moment to ensure you are protecting your devices with data and power backup. When you protect the devices you depend on, especially as our homes become “connected,” you aren’t just protecting machines. You’re protecting your lifestyle.
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