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Article · May 20, 2015

Want to protect critical business data? Follow the 3-2-1 backup rule

Want to protect critical business data? Follow the 3-2-1 backup rule

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Digital information is increasingly the lifeblood of businesses both large and small. Protecting information about customers, sales, products, suppliers and more should be a top priority. Backing up mission-critical data is a must.

If you’re not sure of the best way to go about backing up your business data, there’s a simple way to get started. All you have to do is follow the 3-2-1 backup rule:

Save at least three copies of data
Always wake sure you have three copies of data. Even if the odds of losing two copies of the data are slim, having that third copy gives you significantly better chances of retaining at least one copy in the event of a disaster.

Store the data on two different storage types
The chances of having two failures of the same storage type are much better than for two completely different types of storage. Therefore, if you have data stored on an internal hard drive, make sure you have a secondary storage type, such as external or removable storage, or the cloud. (More on that next.) 

Keep one copy offsite
Even if you have 2 copies on two separate storage types but both are stored onsite, a local disaster could wipe out both of them. Keep a third copy in an offsite location, like the cloud, to make sure you can still recover critical data after a local disaster.

Carbonite fully supports the 3-2-1 backup rule with cloud and hybrid backup tools, ensuring the ultimate in redundancy and peace of mind. Learn how Carbonite can protect your mission-critical business information.


Mark Brunelli

Senior Writer

Mark Brunelli is a Senior Writer on the Corporate Marketing team at Carbonite. He blogs about Carbonite happenings and IT industry trends.

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