None of the people pay attention to backup — until everything depends on it.
Importance of backup and its recovery. There is actually only one story you need to know.
The terrible date of September 11, 2001 is beginning to recede in time, but the tale of Cantor Fitzgerald, the bond trading firm that lost 733 people, including 150 IT workers, in New York’s World Trade Center attacks that day, doesn’t become paler.
When the first plane struck the North Tower, Cantor’s offices on the 101st through 105th floors were smashed. But Cantor’s network instantly switched to the company’s backup data centers in Rochelle Park, New Jersey, and London, UK.
No data was vanished, and global bond trading continued from London.
Without this cutover and without mirrored data, Cantor’s business would have ended that day. The company would have been unable to recover, and unable to eventually help the families of its employees who were killed. Cantor Fitzgerald is still in business today. And the firm has a nonprofit arm that helps out victims of other disasters, like Hurricane Sandy.
You might look forward to that one of the world’s leading bond traders would be prepared with a backup and recovery plan. Sure, Cantor knew the importance of business continuity to its operations. And just about all tenants of the World Trade Center had beefed up their backup strategies after the 1993 WTC bombing. As a prosperous firm, Cantor could afford to implement a plan. And not just any plan — a business-saving plan that would work when it had to.
Much has happened since 2001: The new One World Trade Center (Liberty Tower) has reached its full height of 1776 ft.; Sarbanes-Oxley has been enacted; Dodd-Frank is the law of the land. There is more data than ever, and more regulatory need to back it up and recover it. Virtual servers have proliferated. More businesses are running globally, 24×7.
Technology has moved forward as well. The cloud has emerged, first as a novelty, and now as a business mainstay. Today, cloud-based data backup and recovery answers many of the needs that were so clearly demonstrated on that terrible morning 12 years ago.
Need number one is that your data must be backed up to a different location than your main data center. Not just on another floor of the same building, or in another building one block over. Going with a cloud-based data backup and recovery provider is a good way to make sure your data will be automatically backed up to a different location.
Business-saving data backup and recovery was once merely for the high end of the market. Only a few companies could meet the expense of it. With cloud-based data backup and recovery, things are different today.