2017 IT Essentials: Avoiding Data Recovery Disasters

January 23rd, 2017
2017 IT Essentials: Avoiding Data Recovery Disasters

Have you ever felt the sheer panic of misplacing your cell phone? Your eyes open wide as you begin a frantic search, only to find that it is on the counter right in front of you. That feeling of panic turns to relief as you sigh, wondering what you would have done if it was truly lost.

Let’s replace the feeling of fear with reality; the data you thought was being backed up is lost. What would you do if your information was gone forever from your computer because you failed to have a safe, strategic and secure backup and recovery procedure?

Here are some helpful hints to remind you the significance of taking the time to set aside a strategy to ensure your information is being backed up correctly:

DR (Data Recovery) isn’t a huge investment

    A common misconception about disaster recovery is that it’s a large, bank-breaking investment. Expensive secondary data centers, networks, and server maintenance usually come into mind when a business owner is confronted with the idea of business continuity. Establishing a strong disaster recovery plan today is as simple, and as cheap, as going to a cloud-based disaster recovery provider and paying for the data and services that your business needs. Subscription pricing models are actually incredibly low, meaning you can have minimal downtime while still having enough to invest in new tech.

Onsite backups just won’t cut it

    Although you might feel secure with a manual backup server down the hall, it is still susceptible to local disasters and, ultimately, does very little in minimizing company downtime. When disaster recovery solutions are hosted in the cloud or in a virtualized server, restoring critical data and applications only take a few minutes.

Business disasters can be man-made, too

    Even if your workplace is nowhere near frequent disaster zones, cyber attacks and negligent employees can leave the same impact on your business as any natural disaster can. Setting a weak password, clicking on a suspicious link, or connecting to unsecured channels is enough to shut down a 5-, 10-, or even 50-year-old business in mere minutes.
    Sure, installing adequate network security is a critical strategy against malicious actors, but last year’s barrage of data breaches suggests that having a Plan B is a must. A suitable disaster recovery plan ensures that your data’s integrity is intact and your business can keep going, no matter the malware, worm, or denial-of-service attack.

Downtime will cost you

    A business without a DR plan might come out unscathed after a brief power outage, but why risk the potential damages? Either way, downtime will cost your business. First, there’s the general loss of productivity. Every time your employees aren’t connected to the network, money goes down the drain. Then there’s the cost of corrupted company data, damaged hardware, and the inevitable customer backlash. Add all those variables together, and you end up with a business-crippling fee.

Don’t let a system crash or lost file cost you time and money. For more information on how you can keep your information safe, visit the CCR CCaRe I Backup & Rapid Recovery page.

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