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Business 2.0 learns about backing up

May 1, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

Business 2.0, the tech-oriented magazine that has told readers to consistently back up files, got a lesson in the trouble that can bring when its servers crashed and it lost the work for its June issue, writes Richard Perez-Pena in the New York Times.

Business 2.0Perez-Pena wrote, “On the night of Monday, April 23, the magazine’s editorial system crashed, wiping out all the work that had been done for its June issue. The backup server failed to back up.

“Good thing the magazine, based in San Francisco, is a monthly. ‘If it had happened a week later, we would have been in trouble,’ said Josh Quittner, the editor.

“But all is well, he said, and the magazine will go to press on schedule next week. The recovery was made much easier, paradoxically, by a bane of modern business, litigation — or at least the fear of it.

“‘The text had all been copy-edited and sent off to the lawyers, so it had been saved as e-mail,’ Mr. Quittner said.”

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