We hear it all the time: “I have a backup plugin”, or “I have a script”. And no one knows how effective those plugins or scripts are. No one. Why? Because no one is measuring. Because the plugins are executed on a shared server that might shut them off. Because the plugins might not be run if there are no visitors to a website. Because the plugins might be shut down by another plugin, a security plugin, perhaps.
Plugins fail. Scripts fail. Backups are not as simple as just having “something”. The “something” needs to work. And until now, no service provider has provided transparency into how well their backup systems work. Why? Either because they are not measuring it (which is likely), or because they are measuring and the numbers are embarrassingly poor.
CodeGuard Announces Trust
CodeGuard is changing that. We believe that transparency and visibility are important, and that backups shouldn’t reside in a forgotten corner until they are needed. Backups should have light shone on their performance, so that when the backups are needed, they won’t be prone to failure.
The image above displays our numbers for the last week. There were website and database backups that did not complete within 24 hours and there were idiosyncratic edge cases we encountered that prevented us from doing our job properly. Those numbers are real. And for better or worse, they are our numbers.
We backup over 100,000 websites and databases around the world, with content stored in hosting providers based in the United States to India to Chang Mai, Thailand. Over 200 countries have sent visitors to our website – the interest level is global – which makes sense. Backup is a basic web need, and the internet is global.
So that’s our performance level. How good is your backup?