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Poll Results: When was the last time you performed an offsite data backup?

See how your peers answered this question: When was the last time you performed an offsite data backup? It turns out, not that often.

On June 25, 2010, I asked readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog to answer these two poll questions:

  • When was the last time you performed an offsite data backup?
  • When was the last time you, as an IT professional, performed an offsite data backup for your employer?

I was a little surprised by the answers. I thought an IT professional-heavy readership would put forth more effort when it came to backing up their own personal data on a regular weekly or daily schedule. But perhaps creating backups so often for their employers takes its toll and de-motivates them when it comes time to back up their personal systems.

With the multitudes of really good backup applications available, it would seem the obstacles to creating a weekly, or more often, backup regime have been drastically reduced, but the poll numbers don't back that assumption. Perhaps we should ask this question: Why don't you back up your personal systems more often? Is it just not all that necessary? Do you not trust the cloud?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

2 comments
Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

With the multitudes of really good backup applications available, it would seem the obstacles to creating a weekly, or more often, backup regime have been drastically reduced, but the poll numbers don't back that assumption. Perhaps we should ask this question: Why don't you back up your personal systems more often? Is it just not all that necessary? Do you not trust the cloud?

Robert Lerner
Robert Lerner

I don't, something about the leading cloud providers seeing my collection of software (Microsoft), or collection of personal information (Google) makes me a bit uneasy. The other ones are too small to trust, as the images they have on their sites could be a picture of a datacenter somebody got from an Image Search. I back up my personal systems on my own LAN, as well as external drives, which I think is quicker, safer, and more private then wasting my already limited bandwidth (250GB a month) with Comcast. You're right that most people's back-up schedules are way off, but using some internet service to do it is something I can understand why IT professionals wouldn't do.

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