The importance of data backup

The devastation and extreme power and transportation problems caused by hurricanes, major storms and blizzards in recent years has illuminated the need for businesses to develop a workplace recovery plan following natural disasters. Unfortunately – many small businesses are not planning ahead for the inevitable rainy day. In fact, according to the Red Cross, about 40 percent of small businesses never re-open following a major disaster.

Disasters aren’t limited to weather events. Fires and water damage are devastating to small-to-medium sized businesses. Desks and plants and coffee makers can be easily replaced. But even a top-shelf insurance plan won’t save your data if a flood washes through your server room. And when it comes to data loss – the numbers are even more sobering. A 2011 study conducted by the University of Texas found that only six percent of companies survive after suffering a catastrophic loss of data!

The only way to ensure that your business avoids this type of catastrophic loss is by backing up your data

Data is generated by businesses every single day. New emails. New documents. New contracts. The list goes on and on. Given the velocity at which new data is created, it becomes imperative for data to be backed up at least once per week and stored at a secure off-site location (such as a safety deposit box at a bank or an offsite backup facility).

At PointGreen, we know that tape backup solutions may be appealing to many small businesses, however, these solutions commonly run into issues with reliability, performance and ease of restore. Based on our experience we typically recommend cloud-based backup solutions, which address many of the common issues related to tape backups. That said, it’s important to note that not all cloud-based systems are created equally, which is why we only recommend those solutions that have been properly vetted and will meet eachof our client’s unique archiving requirements.

Developing an on-going data backup program is key to an effective proactive IT strategy. By taking steps to preserve your entire collection of data, your business will be prepared to handle any disaster thrown your way.