Are you proactively protecting and backing up your data?
When it comes to technology, it’s not a matter of if something will happen but when.
Did you know that the most common causes of data lose are preventable?
If not, it’s probably because you didn’t know that those causes are human error and equipment failure.
In one study, InformationWeek discovered that, 87% of businesses indicated that failure to recover data would be damaging to the business and 23% said it would be ‘disastrous’.
The Consequences of Lost Data
Every incident results in the loss of productivity, increased frustration, and worry. But what about the financial cost?
The average loss to small businesses that have experienced an incident of data loss due to a technical or human error was $4,700 per incident (AMI-Partners).
According to another study, 43% of companies that experiences a tragic data loss never reopen and 51% are closed within two years (Hewlett-Packard).
The most important question you can ask yourself right now is, ‘how is my data being protected?’.
If the answer to that question is, “I don’t know”, you’re putting your business at serious risk.
And the truth is, the solution, has an investment that is typically less than the $4,700 most businesses are spending to get their data back after an incident.
Still not convinced? Let’s look at some other causes of data loss.
Although the most common cause of data loss is hard drive failure, which accounts for 38% of data loss incidents (http://www.deepspar.com/wp-data-loss.html), there are many other, everyday incidents, that could cost you thousands of dollars and possibly put you out of business.
- Liquid or Heat Damage
- File Corruption
- Virus Infection
- Hard Drive Failure
- Software Error
- CPU Failure
- Power Outages
- Accidental Deletion, Modification, or Overwriting
- User Error
As you can see, when it comes to technology, there’s a lot working against you.
How can you protect your business from a data disaster?
The best way to safeguard against data loss is to backup data to an off-site location or in the cloud. If stored at an off-site location instead of on the cloud, be sure the physical location is located in a different area of the country.
Here are a couple other things you can do to reduce your risk and ensure your data is protected:
- Backup every day
- Ensure backups are successful and can be easily restored
- Create a disaster recovery plan
- Keep equipment and hardware up-to-date
- Use battery backup power supplies or a generator so data can be saved or backed up during a power outage
Solutions and Services
There are a lot of options when it comes to backing up and storing your data, however, not every solution is created equal and what you might have read on the Internet, may actually be bad advice.
For businesses, we recommend outsourcing your data backup and recovery to a company like Sunstate Tech. They’re able to provide top of the line solutions at the most affordable prices.
Let your IT service provider take all the worry and frustration out of the picture, giving you a team of experts who can have your business back up and running in hours as opposed to days.
Why not use a free cloud storage solution?
We’ve worked with many companies that have used a service like Dropbox, thinking they’re data is protected, secure, and easily accessible. However, the fact is, unless you’re using the “Pro” or paid version of those free storage solutions, your data is not secure.
As for easily accessible, when you try to restore data from a consumer level cloud service provider, it could take days to complete, absolutely killing your productivity and costing you thousands of dollars.
The Sunstate Tech Solution
We offer a service, Managed IT, which simply means, all of your IT needs from hardware to software to data protection and recovery are taken care of.
You pay a monthly fee, and Sunstate Tech provides your company with a full team of experts to take over your IT frustrations.
Contact Sunstate Tech today (928-368-2024) to schedule a consultation and find out more about how we can protect your data.