With only having a limited amount of storage space on your phone, tables, and computers the service of being able to back up your data to either an external hard drive or to Cloud has been a very important service needed in todays world. In this paper I will be discussing what is data backup? How has it evolved over the years? What does the market look like? Also, what the future will look like for data backup. The information presented in this paper will hopefully increase the readers knowledge about data backup and how important it is becoming in our modern world.
"A data backup is the result of copying or archiving files and folders for the purpose of being able to restore them in case of data loss", said by What is a Data Backu?. With storage being limited on a smart device or on a PC/laptop backing up your data has become super important. Some of the reason why someone should back up their devices is because of possible computer virus attacks, hardware failure, theft and or possible fire or water damage. "If you are responsible for business data, a loss may involve critical financial, customer, and company data. If the data is on a personal computer, you could lose financial data and other key files, pictures, music, etc that would be hard to replace" (What is a Data Backup?).
Now you're probably asking what data should I back up? You should back up any data that can't be easily replaced. This includes documents, spreadsheets, databases, customer data and personal files also including your pictures, music and emails. "As a rule of thumb, do not backup programs or system folders. Programs will need to be reinstalled before you can run them, and system folders can be restored from your operating system install disc" (What is a Data Backup?). When it comes to how often should you back up your data, it all depends on how often your data changes or how often you get new important files like photos.