So we noticed that the backup procedure on one of our client’s websites wasn’t completing properly. It’s a good thing we’ve got a backup for our backup.
Confession time: I developed a fear of flying around 2010 but it was only in early 2018 when I felt myself actually beginning to get over it. In those intervening years I researched ways to overcome the fear of flying and one suggestion was by simple education. So I went onto YouTube and watched air safety videos to flood my mind with the safety procedures installed in air travel.
One in particular stood out to me: airplanes have multiple systems for the same function. If the main system goes down, the 1st backup kicks in. And if that one goes down, the 2nd backup kicks in and so on. The video I watched said there were 3 or 4 backup systems for the vital functions of the aircraft. So this got me thinking: if making website backups is as vital as we all say they are, what happens if the single backup function fails?
To cut a long story short, all our clients have multiple backup procedures for their websites. Taking a realistic stand means accepting that sometimes technology fails but we can still mitigate against failure of vital systems. Drawing from the lessons of air travel where safety is paramount, having redundancies is simply a wise choice.
A website backup is the fall-back plan in the event that the unthinkable happens and your website is unusable. A website backup allows you to get your website (and perhaps even business) back up and running again with minimal downtime and loss.
In a perfect world technology would always work, malware would not exist and hackers would practice responsible reporting of security issues. But this isn’t a perfect world which requires us to have a backup plan.
The question is, how many backup plans do you have?