New Zealand – Key to the 3-2-1 Backup Rule

One of the most important lessons we learn early on as individuals and business owners is the value of backing up data. After all, it doesn’t take much to lose data or have it inadvertently erased or infected.

Backups ensure critical data is preserved in the face of both predictable and new hazards. With the new challenges and risks posed by the current threat landscape, the need to be prepared for the worst-case scenario is even more critical.

Hard drives will eventually fail. Hardware can be lost or stolen, and damaged during fire accidents, earthquakes and other natural disasters. Systems can be infected with malware or corrupted during targeted cyberattacks. Data can be stolen and held ransom.

For any business, these risks can spell disaster in the form of lost clients and damage to brand repute, among other things. As such, having an effective system for backing up your data and restoring it in a disaster recovery scenario should be part of your overall business continuity plan.

You can achieve this through the application of a well-documented industry best practice standard called the 3-2-1 backup rule. This allows you to effectively protect your business-critical data in a mission-critical virtualized and physical server infrastructure.

The 3-2-1 Rule explained

Each part of the 3-2-1 backup rule represents an element of your data protection strategy that reflects industry best practices:

3 – You need 3 copies of your data

Whether the cause of data loss or damage is natural or man-made, having duplicates or at least three copies of your data stored in different devices and locations greatly reduces the chance of irrevocably losing it to an unforeseen disaster. Conversely, the fewer the copies you have of your data, the greater the chance of permanent data loss, especially if all copies are stored in one location or area.

2 – You need to store the copies on 2 different media

You shouldn’t just have multiple copies of your data, but you should also store the data in different storage media. These include network attached storage (NAS) devices, direct-attached storage devices, disaster protected storage systems, and a third-party cloud service like the type we offer at OneNet, a private cloud and offline media.

Diversifying the type of storage media you use for your data will help you avoid being at the mercy of the failure tendencies and mean time between failures (MTBF) of devices belonging to the same category.

1 – You need to keep 1 backup copy offsite

Both natural disasters and man-made threats typically affect large geographical locations. So, if all your backups are kept within the same region or location, the chance of your backup data being affected the same way as your original or production data becomes higher.

By keeping at least one copy of your data in offsite storage, you help to ensure that even if your primary production site is damaged or lost in a disaster, you have at least one other copy of your data stored in a completely different physical location. In this case, a different geographic region is preferable.

This is where New Zealand comes in.

New Zealand – the perfect remote storage site

A preferred location among tech giants in their disaster preparation plans, New Zealand is also the perfect offsite storage location for your most valuable data assets for the following reasons:

  • New Zealand is a clean and green paradise located thousands of miles away from the infection centers in North America and Europe.
  • OneNet and Veeam in New Zealand are the ideal partners you can trust to provide software solutions critical to crisis management, emergency response and business continuity – tailored to how your teams and organization work.
  • Your data is kept under lock and key in the same place billionaires have chosen for themselves and their families to survive a global pandemic.

So, even in the face of a major health crisis, environmental catastrophe or economic upheaval, you can keep your data safe and sound in New Zealand with OneNet and Veeam. This way, you stay in control and can go about business as usual, as quickly as possible.

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