Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Is Two Better Than One?
It was a cold Thursday morning on January 15, 2009, when Bill Wiley boarded US Airways flight 1549 bound for Charlotte. Wiley was on his way to an important meeting for his employer, Computer Associates.
As you might expect he was diligent about backing up his information. In fact, he used two computers for safety; one for daily use and the other simply as a backup for redundancy. He also kept all his data on thumb drives and rarely carried both laptops at once.
As Bill planned for the meeting the night before his flight, the thought never crossed his mind that carrying both of his laptops could be a problem. After all, what are the odds of both machines failing at once?
Eighteen hours and an emergency landing later, Bill would quickly find the answer to that question when he was quoted as saying “I had no idea how screwed I was about to be.”
Even though the machines did not have classic hard drive failures, they were ultimately plunged into the ice cold water in the Hudson River, rendering them useless to their owner. When they were finally dredged up from the bottom of the lake, they were held as “crash evidence” by the federal government. More than three months later, Bill still hasn’t recovered his machines or any of the critical information stored on them.
Compare Bill’s story to that of passenger Paul Jorgensen who also carried his laptop on flight 1549. Immediately after the crash landing, Jorgensen panicked and thought, “I was going to be in pretty deep trouble…my life is in that laptop.” Pretty incredible that he’s thinking about his laptop when he was just spared his life.
Fortunately for Paul, he backed up his laptop to a “cloud” based service. The crash landing happened on a Thursday, and the following Monday Jorgensen was back up and running again with all of his data, files and favorites intact.
So ask yourself today, if my PC or Laptop crashes what data will I lose forever? I think you will find if you weigh that against the cost of a solid cloud based backup solution, you will find it’s well worth the investment.
Backup Often – Backup Regularly – Backup TODAY!
Daniel A. FitzGerald
Owner & President