Today, I was contacted by several clients at a well-known university. A series of A/C and sprinkler issues apparently caused the complete loss of all equipment in their datacenter. I’m sure it was quite a surprise, quite a headache and potentially a huge disaster for their research. What would happen if the computer/server you rely on most was completely destroyed right now?
Don’t take anything for granted – you’ll never have complete control over your data and your systems. Maybe you can stand to lose some things, but if there’s anything you can’t lose make sure it’s backed up. And make sure the backup actually works. And keep at least one copy in a physically separate location.