You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again – Backup!
The recent fires in Australia have once again reminded us of the devastating effects natural disasters can have on our communities. Or any disaster for that matter. Just as we insure our homes and businesses, having a data backup plan is akin to having insurance.
In our business, we’ve seen company’s suffer hardware failures, theft and all forms of unforseeable ruinations. Those who have minimised their data loss have normally kept backups of their data offsite. Having just one copy of critical business information is dangerous. So you should ask yourself:
- How important is the data you and your employees hold?
- What impact would it have on your business if your systems were down, or you lost the last 5 minutes / 5 hours / 5 days worth of data?
The answers to these questions should be a part of your business continuity plan. Software such as ShadowProtect offer features that simplify the recovery process even after your hardware has suffered a complete meltdown as it can be remotely stored on redundant servers.
This is just as relevant to small businesses as it is to larger organisations. I remember a few years ago reading a study by HP that showed over 60% of small businesses that experience major data loss go out of business within 12 months – a frightening statistic, but completely understandable. Have you tried putting a dollar figure on the loss of 24 hours worth of data, or maybe even a whole week?
Don’t leave it till it’s too late!