Smart business owners have insurance to protect their business from fire and theft. No one will argue with that, it's just good common sense. Despite this, many companies do not have a plan to backup their mission critical data. What will insure your business' survival if you don't have a backup when fire, theft, user error or a virus strikes? Nothing. Once your data is lost the only way to get it back is to recreate it.
This sounds overly dramatic, but the loss of important data is not a remote possibility. Some day a virus is going to strike your business, a hard drive will fail or, even more likely, some user will delete an important file. The only way to ensure that this is not catastrophic for your company is to make sure that you have a backup plan and that you stick to it.
Even knowing this, many put off putting a backup solution in place due to its cost. In many cases, a backup device can cost more than the server whose data it's protecting. Obviously, we all need to control our costs, but backup is not one of the places to try to save a penny. If you consider the cost to your business should you lose your critical data, you will usually find that the cost of a backup solution is a small price to pay.
What happens if you do lose some data and have no backup? Is it possible that data loss could ruin your company's reputation in the eyes of your customers or investors? How do you tell your customers that you have lost their orders? Will you be able to conduct business when this data is gone? Will a competitor be able to provide this service in your place? How much will it cost to win back your customers once you are back up and running? Will you even be able to get your business going again?
If you have not asked yourself these types of questions before, then you really do not appreciate the value of the data on your computer systems. For most, data is critical for the day-to-day operations of your business.
Designing a backup for your company along with a disaster preparation plan is critical to insure the future of your business. To learn more about them please look at some of the educational resources listed below.
How can backup deliver a good return on your investment?
It really should not be necessary to prove the ROI of a backup plan. Instead, consider the possible cost to the business if you do not backup. Start by assessing your business' reliance on your computer systems and how data loss could affect your day-to-day operations. With this knowledge in hand you should be able to implement a cost effective backup plan that balances your need for protection within your available budget.
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