In the over 8,000 blog posts I’ve written, I bet 20% or more of those posts encourage you, in one way or another to BACKUP YOUR DATA. Those of you who are backing up your data, great, but also ensure you have something to backup your data to if you need to do an emergency recovery of your server or computer.
My friend Gene Marks, a Forbes writer, shares a story of how his server crashed and why his repair process was harrowing as he did not purchase a support contract for the server and furthermore even though he had a backup he had nothing to place the backed up data on.
Backup your data and ensure your backup and recovery plans cover not just a few files that need to be recovered but also what to do if your entire server goes down.
Gene writes – If you’re running a business and relying on a piece of hardware, particularly if you’re buying it online, then don’t be a cheapskate. Buy the hardware company’s support contract. Dell had offered me their Pro Support plan when I bought the thing. This would’ve given me access to their tech people, parts and onsite repair within a day for about $300 a year (their plans are priced on a percentage of the computer cost). Being a dope, I naturally refused. Yet over the lifespan of the server it may have cost a little more out of pocket to get the plan, but would’ve saved me days of down time if I had it.