The Importance of Data Backup – A Practical Approach

While reading the news releases of one of our partners, Mobotix, we came across the announcement that their New York office is still closed due to the lingering affects of Hurricane Sandy, and all customer service would be routed through their Germany office until further notice.

It’s lucky for them, really, that they had two offices so far apart, on separate continents, no less. They were not completely crippled by such a large natural disaster, and likely had backups of valuable information stored at each site.

However, most of the clients we work with would not be so lucky in the event of a disaster. Most organizations, particularly small businesses, would be crippled, or even destroyed, in the event of complete data loss. Most small businesses want to put disaster recovery and backup on the backburner. Since we only know what we’ve experienced, and most of us have not experienced a total data loss, we’re not actively planning for it. The same can be said for life insurance, which it is estimated that over 50% of adults are without. Why do so many people think it’s ok to live without life insurance? Probably the same reasons businesses think it’s ok not to have adequate data backup.

At TriTech, we’ve also found many people want their data safely backed up locally, whether that’s an on-site solution, or a cloud-based solution with a data center nearby. However, if you back up your data to another location just down the street, while disk and hardware failure is adequately prepared for, it’s much more likely that both locations will be affected by a natural disaster at the same time.

It just makes sense to have a backup in a completely different geographic location. That’s why TriTech offers cloud-based data backup that uses a data center on the west coast.

Want to learn more about data backup? We’d love to talk to you. Give us a call at (262) 717-0037.

Epson WristableGPS

Epson has recently released GPS running monitors that allow runners to accurately measure and record their speed and distance.  GPS technology is infused into the design, delivering a lightweight solution in a compact design with a long battery life.  Such an innovation required several technological breakthroughs:

Low power consumption

By lowering the power consumption, the usage is extended. It has been difficult for many manufactures to design a product that produces both accurate GPS positioning and a long battery life.

Adjustment of Positioning Data

Oftentimes, GPS positioning accuracy can be affected negatively by a vairety of factors, such as the electronic waves from tall buildings. The diagram below is used by Epson to demonstrate how a path in an urban area with high-rise buildings can be recorded as up to 60% greater than the actual distance run. Epson has managed to use a specially-designed algorithm to greatly reduce these discrepancies.

 Specially Designed Antenna

In order to ensure that the end product is lightweight and compact. Epson has designed a thin antenna with a wider reception angle, which mounts alongside the pattery instead of separately from it.

Currently, the WristableGPS is only available in Japan