If Disaster Strikes, How Fast Could Your Company Be Back Up And Running?
You hear it all the time-back up your data, keep your virus protection current, and install and maintain a firewall to protect yourself from hackers and other online threats. However, while these precautions will certainly help you avoid problems, they can’t do anything if you don’t have a good backup and disaster recovery plan in place.
Did you know:
- A hard drive crashes every 15 seconds
- 24.5 million windows XP machines crash every day
- Re-building just 20MB of lost data could cost more than US$7,000 and take nearly three weeks to complete
- According to Ontrack’s recovery operations, two gigabytes of data is lost every minute of the day.
- As much as 60% of corporate data resides unprotected on PC desktops and laptops
- 2 out of every 5 firms never reopen after a major data loss
There are three main quantifiable costs associated with each incident of data loss: the cost of technical support in the recovery effort, lost productivity due to user downtime, and the cost associated with data that is permanently lost.
It’s All About Restoring The Data
Are You A Sitting Duck?
We all know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; yet, disaster recovery planning often takes a distant second to the daily deadlines and pressures of running a business. That means that most businesses, including your own, may end up offline and without your data after a simple lightening storm.
Don’t think that could ever happen to you?
Consider this: “data-erasing disasters” can also take the form of office fires and broken water pipes, not just earthquakes, floods and tornadoes. If a fire started in your building, the parts that weren’t burned beyond recovery would probably be destroyed by the firemen’s efforts. But even more common is software corruption, hardware failures and human error!
Disaster Recovery Questions You Need To Answer
A disaster recovery plan doesn’t have to be complicated, time-consuming or expensive. Start by asking yourself the following questions:
- Do you back up your company’s data daily to both an onsite and offsite location?
- Are you absolutely certain that your backup copy is valid, complete and not corrupt? How do you know for sure?
- If disaster strikes, HOW would you get your data back, and how long would it take? In many cases it takes days and often weeks; what would you do during that period of time?
- Do you have copies of all the software licenses and discs in a safe location that could be accessed in the event of having to rebuild your server?
- Would you and your employees have a way to access your network remotely if you couldn’t get to the office?
- Do you store important passwords in a secure place that company officers can access if you are unavailable?
- Do you have a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) device in place to keep your network and other critical data operations running during a power outage?
This is NOT a complete list, but it is a good start to get you thinking in the right direction.
Our FREE Disaster Recovery Plan Helps You Prepare
Since the New Year is right around the corner, we’ve decided to help our clients get their “IT house” in order by giving away a FREE Backup and Disaster Recovery Audit. At no charge or obligation, we’ll come to your office, review your current plan (or lack of one!) and provide a simple action plan on what you need to do to make sure your business can always be up and running.
Call us today to learn how quickly Rubiconn can restore your data get you back to work.