For many businesses data backup is not enough to keep your business running should you encounter a catastrophic system failure due to either technical or environmental issues. Having the ability to restore your data is not enough and if you have no systems or access to your business premises then how would you get your business up and running.
90% of companies who lose data go out of business within 2 years.
54% of companies never recoup costs after systems being down.
Making a plan and streamlining your business opens the door for all kinds of disaster recovery goodness. Having a plan in place that takes advantage of current technologies puts you in a position to save time not only during a disaster but in the maintenance of your data and applications as well.
According to IDC, Advanced processes and technologies can ease the backup process, introduce more automation into the data replication process, and enable IT staff to protect more applications with restart and recovery capabilities. IDC research found that IT staff time associated with backup and recovery procedures could be reduced by 85% to 90% when automation and new technologies were applied in midsize firms.
So not only can you reduce the time your IT staff is spending on backup and disaster recovery, but you can protect more of your data and applications. And if you’re outsourcing your IT, this will help you save money.
The ability to protect more data and applications is more crucial today than ever, since the distinction between what’s critical and what’s not is getting more and more complicated. As IDC puts it, Email messaging, desktop applications, and Web sites—usually not considered “mission-critical” aspects of IT infrastructure—often act as critical junctions for other, remote business-critical applications and servers.
As a result, these seemingly less crucial IT assets could potentially become “single points of failure” for crucial applications if organizations do not provide backup systems or DR plans for them.
If you’re not taking backup and disaster recovery seriously these days, a small outage of a seemingly innocuous system might cause serious problems. Systems are just too intertwined for you to simply backup the stuff you think you’ll need the most. As you develop and implement a backup and disaster recovery solution, however, you’ll find that when there is a disaster, whether it’s a problem with your email or a downed power line, you’ll recover much more efficiently. And for the rest of the time, when you are disaster-free, you’ll spend less time managing your data and applications. and more time worrying about your business.