Thursday, December 22, 2016

Politics and the Rule of Three

ThreeSince the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 8 (2016), several U.S. organizations have publicly said that they will be backing up their data in other countries (e.g., news article on the Internet Archive).  In terms of having backup, IT professionals talk about the "rule of three".  Hanselman talks about what the "rule of three" is not.  It is not having backups on the same device or in the same server farm.  It is having backups on different media and in different geographic locations.  Yes, I believe that these organizations have been backing up properly. What is new is that they are thinking politically about where those backups are.  They want backups in locations where they will be protected from political interference.

In the U.S., we haven't had to think about our content from this point of view.  For those of you in the world for whom this is normal, I hope you will give us some advice.

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