One of my favorite aphorisms in data management is “There are those who backup, and those who will.”

Once you’ve had one catastrophe with a missing or corrupt backup, you’ll never forget about backing up again.

Or will you?

More and more, data systems are being hosted by third-party vendors. And part of that service is periodic backups of your data. But have you ever checked with your vendor(s) to ensure the data is actually being backed up? Ask your vendor(s) to prove they are backing up your data.

So maybe we need a new mantra: “There are those who check on their vendor backups, and those who will.”