More than half of small businesses have no disaster recovery plan. Are you confident in your backup?
The problem with professional backup today is that it’s all over map. With so many big-brand vendors, misrepresented applications, schools of thought, built-in redundancies, and conflicts between internal and external IT experts, it’s no wonder that companies are unsure of just how protected they are. In some cases, businesses are ironically overprotected, which only slows productivity and costs money.
The best way to think about backup strategy is in a tiered system. There’s run-of-the-mill stuff that you want to keep safe locally and the most critical, vulnerable data that you need to keep on auto backup in the cloud. Studies and related statistics vary but its clear that losing core business data can be catastrophic. For instance in one study according to PriceWaterhouseCoopers, 94% of companies that suffer a catastrophic data loss without backup will go out of business within two years.
At E Street, for example, our client database is our lifeblood. That’s why we back it up every four hours. For your organization, vital information could be QuickBooks financials, payroll information or key operational documents. Think of it as any information you couldn’t recreate. As you consider your backup strategy, start with these questions:
- Do you have critical files safely, securely backed up daily with a trusted source?
- What do you back up on local PCs versus an automated cloud system? Or is it all on the same platform?
- Who monitors that and is this actually getting done?
- How fast is your infrastructure operating during backup?
- Can you talk to a live person if there’s a problem or request a technician visit the office for a checkup?
- Do you have a real disaster recovery plan? Here is an example of a plan from Spiceworks.
It’s clear that backup is fundamental to business. And while new technology may make it easy to set it and forget it, if disaster strikes recovery may not be as easy as you think. A local tech partner like E Street can go file by file to make sure you’re making the best choices for backing up your business. We’ll help you check for degradation in productivity and resource waste while recommending the appropriate mix of local and automatic off-site cloud backup.
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