3-2-1-1 Backup Rule Doubles as Margarita Recipe This Summer

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As we enter the spring and summer months particularly this year, everyone is looking forward to getting outside, having food and drinks with friends, and generally enjoying themselves. And no one wants to be worried about whether their data is secure and protected during a hard-earned summer vacation – they’d rather be sure their company is safe while they’re on airplane mode. Thankfully, by implementing a reliable backup strategy, IT pros can have the best of both worlds.

Until recently, the 3-2-1 backup rule has been the go-to strategy for backing up data. It does have value since you end up with three copies of your data on two different media with one copy stored off-site. But in the era of cloud backups becoming more common and ransomware at its peak, backup and disaster recovery strategies are continuously evolving to keep up with new requirements. The 3-2-1 backup rule has evolved into the 3-2-1-1 rule which we are going to discuss today. What’s more, I want to introduce you to a 3-2-1-1 margarita recipe to reward yourself with after you are done implementing the backup strategy!

The 3-2-1-1 backup margarita recipe will help remind you how to develop your backup strategy so you can enjoy those patio nights with friends. Trust me that this recipe will ensure a good time for all and if you follow the same recipe for your backups, you’ll have peace of mind too!

3-2-1-1 Backup and Margarita Recipe in 1

So, let’s get to it. The core of your backup strategy is having 3 copies of your data; the same is true of having the 3 ounces of tequila that are core to this margarita. I recommend Storagepipe’s Veeam appliances for local backups and a good reposado for your margarita.
Then you need 2 backups of your data on different media; you also need 2 ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice to make this margarita taste great.
1 of those backups needs to be offsite to balance out your protection – I recommend Veeam Cloud Connect to ensure data is offsite and protected in the cloud; you also need 1 ounce of simple syrup to balance out the tart and sweet of this margarita.
And finally, with the recent spike in ransomware activity it’s always important to have 1 extra copy of the data offline or immutable to ensure recovery even in case of a cybersecurity incident to round out your protection. One teaspoon of orange liqueur like Triple Sec or Grand Marnier will round out this margarita also.
Now in practice putting together your overall backup strategy might take a bit more doing but following the 3-2-1-1 backup rule is a great start.

Follow These 3-2-1 Backup Rules for a Worry-free Margarita


Putting together the margarita is a bit more straightforward:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and orange liqueur. Cover and shake for about 20-30 seconds till it’s mixed and chilled.
  2. If you like a salted rim for your margarita, then that’s great too – run a lime wedge around the rim of a glass and press the rim into a small plate with salt (or salt/sugar mix).
  3. Strain the margarita into the glass.

I hope your data stays protected so can enjoy this margarita recipe all summer long. But if you need some help remembering that backup strategy – pull out this recipe, get those backups done properly and then go get that bottle of tequila!

Cheers,
Steven Rodin
CEO, Storagepipe