Could You Recover From Data Loss?

Without your data, you wouldn’t have a business. Even partial data loss can mean big repercussions for businesses of all sizes. The loss of a day, a week or a month’s worth of records and transactions could absolutely cripple your company beyond repair, so making any sort of assumption about the safety of that information is exceptionally risky.

How risky? Let’s look at the bleak picture painted by the statistics:

Every week 140,000 hard drives crash in the United States.

Confidence in your backup and disaster recovery situation isn’t a nice to have, it’s a need to have. And to truly feel confident, you need to know:

Your Backup Schedule: backing up is always a good idea, but depending on how many transactions your business processes in a day, the frequency of that backup can become critical. If your data is only backed up once a month, how would you recover from a data loss that happens shortly before the next schedule? Can you really afford to lose 3 weeks’ worth of data?

The Business Continuity Plan: say you have a backup situation that you feel relatively confident about, do you know what happens following a loss? Having the data available is only part of the equation, knowing how you will address getting your business back to full operation is another.

What About RTO and RPO: These metrics are a critical part of your business continuity plan. Your RTO, or Recovery Time Objective, tells you how long you can afford to be down for before you reach critical levels that are hard to recover from. The RPO, or Recovery Point Objective, indicates the age of recovery your business can tolerate, meaning how old can the backed up information be before it loses value?

Your 3-2-1 Plan: To be fully secure, you should have 3 copies of your data, in 2 different formats, with 1 kept offsite. What is the matrix for your organization?

Data Accessibility: Even if you backup on a well-planned schedule, how do you go about accessing the backups should a loss occur? Where are they kept and how long will it take to obtain what you need to recover? Solutions such as Azure Blob storage can make even the most unstructured object data accessible from anywhere.

Your Backup Audit Strategy: It’s not enough to have a backup strategy, it needs to be periodically audited to ensure that in the event of a disaster, it actually works.

If you can’t quickly answer these questions, your business is at risk.

An Insufficient Backup and Recovery Plan is Costly

The true cost of downtime is hard to quantify for each and every business, but data loss and the time it takes to recovery are extremely costly.

Take a look at these numbers:

Downtime Cost
(And these are just the hard costs. Auxiliary costs such as lost productivity, compliance fines and goodwill customer gestures mean these numbers are actually higher)

Additional studies (including this one from ITIC) indicate that on average, a SINGLE HOUR of downtown per year costs enterprise businesses upwards of $100,000 USD, with over 50% saying that figure is actually more like $300,000 USD per hour.

Is that the kind of capital you feel comfortable risking?

We assume not.

Hardware failures, malicious intent, natural disasters, viruses and malware, failed backups and software corruption are all a threat to you each and every day. In fact:

  • Hardware or system failure accounts for 78% of all data loss.
  • Human error accounts for 11% of all data loss.
  • Software corruption accounts for 7% of all data loss.
  • Natural disasters account for only 1% of all data loss.

And it’s not just about the money. Losing transactions and customer data will also negatively affect your reputation among your customers and your standing in the business community.

Get Out of the Danger Zone

Today’s access to the cloud and to service providers dedicated to helping you backup and secure your business mean there is no reason to remain at risk. And while you may be thinking the cloud is subject to its own security concerns, there are ways to ensure your business remains operational 99% of the time.

Microsoft Azure Backup and Site Recovery Webinar

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Rest Assured with Rand Group

If you’ve determined that your business, your employees, and your customers are important (of course they are) then it’s safe to say you understand how critical a good backup and recovery strategy are.

So now what?

It’s time you think about how to protect your business.

With a cloud backup and recovery system, you benefit from complete redundancy, secured servers, and upwards or a 99% guaranteed uptime. Here is how storage, backup, and disaster recovery all work together to ensure protection of your business.

 



Rand Group can help your business:

  • Protect your data, no matter the location: chances are, your business stores information in more than one place. On-premise, in the cloud, on a Windows server, or at an off-site location, it can all be protected with one unified system.
  • Automate your backups: by leveraging a cloud-based solution, we can help you get your backups scheduled and running at the rate you need, with no significant time commitment from you or your IT team.
  • Make space: business or compliance requirements mean your data must be stored long term, often for years. As time passes, this data grows at increasing speeds, and eventually using physical storage like hard drives and tapes can become cumbersome and risky. The cloud allows you to store that same data with no physical space requirement while at the same time enabling up to 99 years of storage at a fraction of the cost.
  • Feel secure: Azure backups take the concern over redundancy out of the question. With geo-replicated storage maintaining 6 copies of your data across 2 disparate Azure data centers, you know that no matter what, your data is safe, secure and accessible.
  • Save Money: With the scalability you need to change as your business changes, and with zero capital investment and minimal operational costs, you get reliable secure data and disaster recovery options that don’t break the bank.
  • Recover effectively from a Loss: leverage the concept of disaster-recovery-as-a-service, enjoy continuous health monitoring and benefit from the replication and disaster recovery capabilities included in the cloud to reduce downtime and secure your operation.

Reliability, scalability, redundancy, and protection – we can provide it all.

As a Direct Cloud Solutions Provider with a Silver Competency in Data, Rand Group knows how to keep your business safe and secure. And with over 13 years’ in the industry and a group of exceptionally talented infrastructure specialists, we’re not only well equipped to help you implement your cloud backup and disaster recovery solution, we’re able to help you develop an iron-clad strategy to protect your business.

Time is of the essence. Don’t put your business at risk of losing $100,000+ an hour when the options to avoid it are so easy to obtain. Talk to an infrastructure expert today. The road to recovery is straight ahead.

Don’t Let Your System Leave You Stranded

Did you know that an unmanaged ERP system leads to unexpected downtime? Downtime that costs up to $74,000 per hour. It also leads to slow response time and performance issues that negatively impacts the entire organization.

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Schedule a Meeting with the Cloud Backup & Disaster Recovery Expert

Shawn Sailer

Shawn Sailer

Account Executive at Rand Group

Call (866) 714-8422