World Backup Day 2015

Today is World Backup Day, an annual event which raises the awareness of the importance of keeping your critical digital files and data regularly backed-up.

A “backup” is a secondary copy of all your important files – for example, your family photos, home videos, documents and emails.

Instead of keeping a single copy just in one place (like your computer), the idea is that you also keep another secondary copy of everything somewhere else as well, in case anything should happen to the original copy.

We strongly believe in the importance of regularly backing-up data you can’t afford to loose, and we’ve built in a number of backup features to our world class web-based room booking and resource scheduling software, MIDAS to do just that!

MIDAS seamlessly makes a complete and automated backup of its own database upon the first successful login each and every day day. These database backups are then compressed (typical backups are less than 1MB each in size) and stored on the server where your MIDAS resides for a period of time you specify, typically 7-30 days.

To further protect your data, these automated daily backups can additionally be optionally emailed to a pre-defined email address each day too, allowing you to retain your own “off-site” copy of your database too!

We’ve also provided the ability to generate instant backups manually at any time by simply clicking once on a “Backup” button (via MIDAS Admin Options → Manage MIDAS → Database → Backup Now) – we really couldn’t make it easier to backup your MIDAS data if we tried!

Database backups (whether generated manually or automatically) can be easily and readily restored – either partially or in full – at any time via the simple user interface available through MIDAS Admin Options → Manage MIDAS → Database → Restore. So, should you ever wish to “roll back” your MIDAS system to an earlier point in time, or if you suffer a massive server failure and loose data, you can have your MIDAS system back up and running in next to no time!

Backup and Restore in MIDAS

For more information on the powerful backup/restore features of MIDAS, please see https://mid.as/help/manage-database-settings

For our “hosted” customers (who don’t run MIDAS on their own infrastructure, but instead choose to have their MIDAS remotely “hosted” by us in the “cloud”), we also take complete database backups daily, which are then stored off-site for a period of six months.

What’s more, we also offer an “Emergency Access” addon for our hosted customers, which we’ve recently improved. This optional addon allows users to access a “real-time” backup of their hosted MIDAS system in event that they are ever unable to access their primary MIDAS system. These backups run on different servers, in different data centers, via different ISPs to our Primary Servers.

So, as you can see from all the above features and procedures we’ve built into our software, that we take backups very seriously! And we make it painlessly easy to ensure that your important MIDAS booking data can easily and readily be backed up and restored with the minimum of fuss!

But on World Backup Day today, whilst your MIDAS data is taken care of, why not take a moment to backup your own important personal files – your family photos, home videos, documents and emails too!? Yes, it may seem a little time consuming, but you’ll be glad you did should anything ever happen to the originals!