Cover your Ass-ets!
The other day I was in an afternoon meeting with a business partner and I received a call. I had photographed and delivered a dozen corporate portraits for a Boston client; and they urgently needed the images of one individual for a press release. My client had just realized that particular individual was missing from the online gallery.
In the past, in order to meet my client's deadline I would have had to shorten my meeting, drive 45 minutes back to my studio, and deliver the images digitally.
However, with a new backup scheme I was able to take a short break from my meeting, troubleshoot the issue, and deliver the missing images within 20 minutes.
This was my back-up workflow for many years:
- I have enough CF and SD cards to get through a big day of photography and video. The camera uses the second card as a backup (320gb of CF cards and the same SD cards).
- When I return to the studio we download the cards using Lightroom. The current drive is a Drobo 5d3 and a backup is duplicated on Voyager. (when the raw drive in the Voyager is full (every few months), it is stored off premise and a new drive is dropped into it). I currently have two Drobos with about 25tb of data stored on them.
- I then edit the photography images, mark the favorites with 5-stars and upload these images as high resolution JPGS for the client to review and the RAW files for the archive.
Although this backup system has served me well, I realized I had a hole in it.
- I didn't have a cloud based backup for video files.
- My photography outtakes are not archived in the cloud.
- My sound files are not stored in the cloud
- If my Drobos die, to recreate backups from the dozens of off-premise drives would be an unrealistic and enormous task.
This recent client request was just that type.
Recently my older Drobo crashed and it looked to be a goner with about 20tb of info lost. This was my wakeup call for a safe and easy way to recover from a terrible drive failure.
So I decided to close that gap and opened a BackBlaze account about a month ago. I have about 25tb of data and I do enjoy a Gigabit up/down internet speed. I started this upload about 3-weeks before this recent incident.
When I received the client request and was about to cut short our meeting I thought I would check BackBlaze. Even though the initial upload was not completed, that assignment was available and I was able to download the RAW files, process them on my laptop and send them off using my smart phone as a hotspot.
Done. I then resumed my meeting.
This now adds a #4 on my backup scheme. A cloud based auto-backup that covers everything on my hard drives. When in a pinch, or I need to make a major recover, this saves much time and stress. I would not use any one of the items as your only backup scheme.
My key components of backups includ:
- Drobo drives
- Voyager drive
Being able to efficiently respond to this one valued client's request, made the entire investment worth it.