Disaster preparedness tips

September is the sixth annual National Preparedness Month. NPM 2009 is focusing on changing perceptions around emergency preparedness. FEMA, Citizen Corps, and the Ad Council want to spread the word that preparedness “goes beyond fire alarms, smoke detectors, dead-bolt locks, and extra food in the pantry.” Likewise, disaster preparedness goes beyond seasons – it’s a year-round necessity. For those of us who keep our lives on our computers, a disaster could also include a hardware failure, stolen computer, etc. Mozy and online backup act as a safety deposit box for your digital files so no matter what happens to your computer or the home or office where it resides, your files will always be safe.

Mozy’d like to remind you of the importance of making sure your vital information is protected as well. In an era when our family photos, music collections, vital documents, and much more are stored on computer hard drives that can be destroyed in minutes during a natural disaster, the smart thing to do is to back up your data remotely. Mozy urges you to make sure you’re prepared in the event of disaster, so you can protect your family, your belongings, and your memories.

Here’s Mozy starter list of disaster preparedness tips. Please leave your suggested additions in the comments below.

  • Keep a battery-powered radio on hand
  • Have a flashlight with spare batteries
  • Keep a 72 hour kit containing food and water
  • Have an extra change of clothing and toiletries
  • Back up your computers with Mozy online backup

Mozy also suggest that you download Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness and ready your household against everything from tornados to tsunamis.

China Telecom and Decho Announce Strategic Cloud Services Relationship

China Telecom Co., Ltd Shanghai Branch and Decho Corporation, an EMC Company, today announced a strategic partnership to deliver cloud-based services in China. The partnership’s first offering is the eYun service (http://www.51eyun.com). Based on Decho’s Mozy online backup service, the new eYun service provides simple, automatic and secure online backup to Internet users in China. The companies are also working together to offer additional cloud-based services in the future.

eYun, which means e-Cloud in Chinese, is a cloud-based online backup service offered and operated in China. Bringing together China Telecom Co., Ltd Shanghai Branch and Decho’s Mozy service, the joint offer targets the vast number of Internet users in China. eYun online backup offers customers offsite protection of their critical information from computer crashes, data corruption, viruses, human error and disasters. The two companies will bring their respective marketing resources and distribution channels to ensure the long term success of the service in China.

eYun is based on Decho’s Mozy online backup service, which serves over 1 million users around the world and protects over 15 petabytes of customer information. The companies recently completed a successful trial with around 15,000 users and are now offering the service broadly.

“China Telecom Co., Ltd Shanghai Branch is glad to team up with EMC’s Decho to offer the eYun service. It is a joint effort from two market leaders with Shanghai Telecom the leader in Shanghai’s broadband market and Mozy the leader in online backup,” said Dr. Qian Ming Hai, general manager of the Internet Division of China Telecom, Shanghai Branch. “eYun is a major step for Shanghai Telecom to evolve from a telecom infrastructure provider to an end-to-end information service provider.”

“China is now the largest Internet market in the world,” said Harel Kodesh, CEO of Decho Corp. “We’re delighted to partner with China Telecom, the largest broadband provider in China, to deliver a world-class online backup service to the Chinese market through eYun.” The companies are also laying the foundation for additional “personal cloud” services to be delivered in the future for both consumers and business customers.

What’s Your Business Data Loss Recovery Plan?

The New York Times warned small business owners to think about a disaster recovery plan last week. Jennifer Walzer, the author, has experience working in small businesses and understands a complete plan isn’t always possible. However, she does write that some elements of a disaster recovery plan are better than none.

According to the article, data loss is the most common business disaster. Here is the second of six steps Walzer suggests to make sure you get the right solution for your business’s needs:

“Consider backup options. Your backup must be offsite, secure and available for recovery 24/7. One popular option that meets the above criteria, with the added benefit of ease of use and automation, is online backup.”

The Baltimore-based law firm Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dan learned that data loss can happen to anyone anytime. A senior partner was preparing for a trial in Arkansas when his computer crashed two days before the hearing. The firm had yet to implement a backup solution, so the Director of Technology, David Roden, found himself on the next flight into Arkansas.

After this, Roden began looking for a reliable solution that wouldn’t hog their network resources. Shortly after that, the firm decided on MozyPro. If a computer ever fails again, anywhere in the world, Roden will be able to manage the recovery right from his office.

MozyPro provides simple, secure, and automatic backup that can literally save your business in the event of a disaster without the large investment in time and money of other backup solutions.