March 31st is the World Backup Day.
Don’t forget to back up your critical data today. Tomorrow is April 1st so don’t be an APRIL FOOL.
What is backup?
A backup is a second copy of all your important files — for example, job contacts, emails, files, documents and even your family photos. Instead of storing it all in one place, you keep another copy of everything somewhere else safe.
Further development of backup is interconnected with the evolution of Internet technologies. Nowadays computer data backup is a fast developing industry branch. New trends and solutions appear, backup methods and technologies become more complex and innovative. And the most important thing is to understand the pricelessness of your data so the backup solution will be a next step to make.
Here is how ‘backup’ as an idea was realized within the century.
The first computer backups were made onto big reels of magnetic tape, and even paper: punch cards and paper tape. In 1951, the first generation of digital computing appeared when the UNIVAC I (Universal Automatic Computer) was built by Mauchly and Eckert. It used vacuum tubes as main logic elements, rotating magnetic drums for internal storage of data and programs and punch cards to input and externally store data.
The punch cards have been used for over than 200 years in various fields of expertise, they actually were slow, low-capacity and required a lot of devices, efforts and time for processing. That’s why, during the 1960s, the punch card as the primary medium was gradually replaced by better, more capable and more efficient magnetic tape.
In 1956 IBM introduced the first hard drive – IBM 305 RAMAC. Since 1983, with the introduction of the IBM PC/XT, hard disk drive has become a standard component for most personal computers. In 1982, Hitachi shipped the first drive with more than 1 GB of storage.
Within the next era, backups were mostly stored on floppy disks of various sizes. In 1969 the first floppy disk was introduced. It was a read-only 8-inch disk that could store 80kB of data. Four years later, in 1973, a similar floppy disk with the same size could store 256kB of data, and it was rewritable.
The 3.5-inch floppy disk had been a boon to home users and small businesses who needed backups but they had extremely low capacity. Later on this problem had been solved with introduction of the next generation in storage media: CD-Recordable (CD-R) and CD-Rewritable (CD-RW) drives. The Compact Disc, first invented by Philips and Sony in 1979, reached the market in late 1982 in Asia. In June 1985, the CD-ROM (read-only memory) and in 1990 CD-Recordable were introduced, also developed by Sony and Philips.
Portable USB storage flash drives, invented in 1998, are rather new to the world of data backup and they have already become very popular.
Blu-laser discs using organic dyes, such as the Sony Blu-ray format (between 23GB and 54GB) and Toshiba’s HD-DVD are the next step to further capacity growth and improvement of usability. They appeared on the market in 2006.
Cloud backup solutions is one of the most recent ones. It enabled enterprises or individuals to store their data and computer files on the Internet using a storage service provider, rather than storing the data locally on a physical disk.
Next generation of backup is cloud-to-cloud backup that provides your data stored in the cloud one of the highest security level. Cloud-to-cloud backup is your double protection from all the forms of data loss disasters. So today we would like to remind you importance to regularly backup your data. Make it a good habit of yours. ‘Set ‘nd forget’ Automated Daily Backup and enjoy your happy stressless life!