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Business leaders often get confused about backups, disaster recovery and business continuity planning until after a disaster happens.
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Data loss is a fact of life today for organizations. Data loss is caused for a range of reasons including human error, natural disaster, equipment failure and a cyber attacks to name a few. For solution providers, several 2017 trends show that backup and recovery options will be top of mind for small, medium and larger businesses.
The scenario — hypothetical, of course — is part of a emergency training exercise.
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Anyone who has lost important information after a computer failure will be able to relate scene from the show, Sex in the City. Sarah Jessica Parker's MacBook crashes while she typing. Later, a technician, while diagnosing the crash, asks when was the last time she backed up her work. She says, "Umm, I don't do that."
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