No one plans to lose data, but few people take steps to prevent it. With Instance.com you have the ability to create point in time snapshots of your instance for safe keeping. These snapshots can be used to restore a failed instance to its exact configuration as was the case recently when a customer performed a software update to his systems which rendered his commerce applications unstable. He was able to quickly revert to a previously stored snapshot and restore operation to his application. These snapshots can also be mounted as additional disks to your running instance so that you may retrieve file specific data should you lose or delete a crucial file.
Snapshots are relatively cheap considering the safety they provide. Please make sure to enable a snapshot schedule that fits your needs from within the portal today.
While the snapshot feature is useful, and you even have the ability to download the snapshots to your local machine, you should always keep a less frequent external backup of your data for good measure.
Don’t let this happen to you!