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12 Days of DevOps: 10 Backup Hard Drives

“On the tenth day of Christmas my IT guy gave to me, 10 backup hard drives”

Data backup and recovery has become a regular topic in technology circles. Whether it’s the data breaches experienced by major retailers or the sheer amount of data consumers create, advocacy for having backup data systems is louder than ever.

The cost of a data breach is far-reaching too. According to IBM and Ponemon’s joint 2016 data breach study, the average consolidated cost of a data breach is now $4 million, with an average cost per record of $158. They also found that the odds of a data breach involving 10,000 or more stolen records in the next 24 months to be 26%.

As we approach the climax of the holiday season, it’s important to consider the benefits of data and backup solutions. With data breaches in politics and retail dominating the headlines, your organization could be next. Instead of wondering when the next breach will hit and wipe out all of your DevOps technology work, consider the following reasons for adopting a data backup strategy:

  • Infrastructure Fails: Though you may not own your cloud infrastructure, someone else does. While you may not be at fault for loss of data, you also can’t sacrifice the time and lost revenue from someone else’s technology issues. Technology may be beneficial for all, but still fails from time to time. It’s just better to back up your data regularly so when failure does hit, your organization can just keep running.
  • Humans Make Mistakes: Even though DevOps now has more automation than ever, humans are still part of the process and make mistakes. Ensuring that you can revert to previous changes makes the error sting a little less when you have data backup.
  • Nature is Unpredictable: No matter what business your organization is in, nature doesn’t care. Whether it’s an icy winter storm, a debilitating flood, or a widespread summer blackout, organizations without data backup strategies can find it nearly impossible to resume operations once the calamity passes. The longer you are without your data, the higher the odds you may never be in business anymore.
  • Rising Customer Demands: The average customer now expects the information they want to be at their fingertips whenever it is available for them. If you don’t have their information available in a timely fashion, they could jump to a competitor. Having a solid backup strategy means that interruptions are few and far between.

Convinced that you need a backup and data recovery plan? Our Amazon Web Services practice includes their data and backup solutions. If you’re interested in learning more, send us a message at to get the conversation started.

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Albert Qian

Albert Qian is a Marketing Manager at Perficient for our IBM PCS, DevOps, and Enterprise Solutions Partners focused on cloud computing technologies.

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