Election 2016: World Backup Day Showdown – Scorch vs. Mayhem

Posted by Anne Campbell on Mar 4, 2016 12:30:18 PM

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The Presidential election might be the one getting all the headlines these days, but there’s another important contest happening this month. In honor of World Backup Day, which is coming up on March 31, the destructive Data Loss Gremlins are facing off to decide which one will be the biggest data loss threat of 2016.

As an IT service provider, it’s important to size up the candidates so you can help your SMB customers prepare to face these serious threats to the survival of their business.


Hometown: Mount Olympus

Fun Fact: In 2014, I started roughly 494,000 structure fires in the U.S. and caused about $9.8 billion in property damage. And I’m planning to do even better than that this year!

Tell us about yourself.

I just love setting things on fire. There’s nothing I like more than watching a business burn down and knowing that I’m taking all their important data too. I can always tell when it’s a fire they’ll never be able to recover from!

Who should we call for a reference?

That’s a tough one. There are almost too many to count. I think my work speaks for itself, though. Just take a look at the news. There was that huge four-alarm fire in San Francisco last year closed 33 businesses. There was also that old yacht club I burned down in Massachusetts.

What’s your greatest strength?

I’m explosive! Give me one spark, and I can turn it into a blazing inferno that takes out a whole business and wipes out all their important data too. That’s always my favorite part. And I never give up. Sure, you might catch some of the fire hazards in your building, and that’s fine. Eventually you’ll miss something, though, and I’ll be ready to make the most of it and do some serious damage.

What’s your greatest weakness?

Well, I think it’s common knowledge that water and I just do not get along. Water always tries to ruin all my fun. Working sprinkler systems and fire safety equipment are the same way, constantly trying to put a damper on my best fires. It’s such a drag. Cloud backup is a bit of a sore spot for me too. It makes it way too easy for companies to get up and running again after I thought I burned up all of their important data.

Why are you a bigger threat than all those other gremlins?

I can take everything away from a business, especially if they keep all their backups on site. All it takes is one electrical short, some bad wiring, or a broken fire detector, and I can wipe it all out. Server room? Gone! Desktops and laptops? Burned to a crisp. Important documents? Up in smoke. Those are the moments when I love what I do.

Vote for the biggest data loss threat of 2016!


Hometown: The Troposphere

Fun Fact: In 2015, my natural catastrophes and man-made disasters lead to almost $85 billion in economic losses. (Sorry, Scorch, $9.8 billion is chump change.)

Tell us about yourself.

I’ll admit it. I have a flare for the dramatic. I like to take out multiple businesses in a single storm, and I have some serious sidekicks. Powerful hurricanes that blow down buildings and cause widespread flooding. Whooping winter storms that dump mounds of snow and ice, knocking out electricity and bringing everything to a screeching halt.

Who should we call for a reference?

How about anyone in the Northeast? I broke records in 2015 sending storm after storm in January and February. Boston got 110.6 inches! A single storm that February caused more than $2 billion in insured damages. You can also talk to my pals Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Juno. I’m sure they both have good things to say about me. 

What’s your greatest strength?

I’m a force of nature — literally! Small business owners can watch the Weather Channel and try to keep an eye on what I’m up to, but I’m unstoppable. There’s nothing they can do to keep my storms from hitting their businesses once they’re in my path. And I’m multi-talented; it doesn’t matter where your business is, I have a natural disaster that could damage your business and wipe out your most important data.

What’s your greatest weakness?

I really hate BCDR plans, especially when companies actually test them and keep them up to date. It just puts all my hard work to waste. I can orchestrate the most beautiful storm and do all sorts of damage to a business, but with a good BCDR plan they can bounce right back, almost like it never happened. It’s so anti-climactic. Ugh.

Why are you a bigger threat than all those other gremlins?

I know how to make a real impact. I don’t settle for taking out businesses one by one. I like to attack on a large scale and do significant damage across the board, ruining as many small businesses—and as much of their data—as I can. In my world, it’s go big or go home, and I won’t settle for anything less.

Data loss gremlins: Election 2016

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