If there’s one thing that remained the same ever since enterprise technology was made available to us, it’s BACKUPS. The way we’ve done backups have evolved – from punch cards, magnetic tape storage, local hard drives, SAN/NAS, all the way to the cloud. Yet we still have the need to do them.
While most technology professionals look at backups as a disaster recovery strategy, I look at them at a much deeper level. I think of backups as a basic human need for self-preservation. It’s a survival instinct to protect the present to ensure our future. I know this is more of a philosophical argument that does not merit the return on investment for a disaster recovery solution. But the reality is, backup media have existed long before the invention of computing devices. The cuneiform used in Mesopotamia between 3400 and 3000 BC are “technically backups” of our history. We wouldn’t know about our history if we didn’t have these back then.
So, boring as they may seem, backups will always play a very important role in technology. Besides, the last thing you want is to deal with a disaster without realizing that your backups don’t work.
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