The Weekend’s Data Loss Headlines
I went out camping in the Utah desert this weekend, and I came home to these headlines:
- Microsoft, T-Mobile Apologize For Data Loss, Offer Month Credit (Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek)
- Apple Mac OS X 10.6.1 Snow Leopard deletes user data (Richi Jennings, ComputerWorld)
Predictably, the first headline incited yet another round of anti-Microsoft jeers from Apple fans. Then, the second headline put a quick, sobering damper on the party. If you were one of the people affected by either of the two incidents, what help or influence does such fanboy bickering offer when you have lost significant personal data?
Ultimately, you really can’t equate choice of vendor, platform or device with a plan for protecting your personal data from accidental loss. Furthermore, while incidents like these may be infuriating, when it comes to data loss incidents, Pogo‘s famous phrase applies: historically, I have caused most of my own incidents of personal data loss.
Whatever the cause, the threat of accidental data loss is a real thing. So how do you ensure that you don’t accidentally lose personal data?
Online Backup on the Rise, Vodafone Partners with Mozy
The popularity of online backup is rapidly growing. In my previous post, I mentioned that I now work at Decho, whose focus is to help people protect, organize and enrich their personal information. Decho operates the popular Mozy online backup service, which protects millions of consumers (and tens of thousands of small businesses) against data loss. Two recent partnership announcements–one with China Telecom, the other with McAfee–show how online backup is moving into the mainstream.
Today, Decho announced a strategic partnership with Vodafone. (Some US-based readers may wonder, “Voda-who?” Vodafone is the world’s largest international mobile telecom company, serving over 70 countries, and over 300 million customers, and, they own 45% of Verizon Wireless.) Vodafone will first offer remote PC backup, but the announcement further states that Vodafone will use Mozy to develop “a range of cloud-based services to consumer and business customers.”
The Personal Cloud Emerging
My take on the Vodafone announcement? Along with the other two announcement mentioned above, this further sets the stage the emergence of the “Personal Cloud.” As I stated in my previous post, the Personal Cloud will become the focal point for individuals to manage and safeguard their personal information. In fact, Forrester analyst Frank Gillett states that the Personal Cloud will be the key impact of cloud computing on individuals.
Mobile phones are already extremely personal devices, and as they continue getting smarter they keep getting more personal. So to me, it makes sense that Vodafone would look to the Personal Cloud to intensify that personalization. Having not been involved in any of the negotiations with Vodafone, I’ll be interested to see how they apply it beyond backup.
More Info, Press & Media Inquiries
If you would like to speak with Decho about the Vodafone news, data backup best practices, or the personal cloud in general, I can connect you with Charles Fitzgerald. In addition, I can also see about arranging an interview with a Vodafone spokesperson, or possibly Frank Gillett of Forrester.