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Data Backup & Disaster Recovery-Businesses are misinformed

Data Backup Disaster Recovery

Data Backup Disaster Recovery

Data Backup and Disaster Recovery misinformation is the topic of our second post from our Business Advisory Guide entitled “12 Little-Known Facts Every Business Owner Must Know About Data Backup, Security And Disaster Recovery.” Written in plain English, this easy to read 15 page guide explains what you must know about Data Backup Disaster Recovery, should you experience a data erasing disaster at your business.

In our first post we stated:

Most business owners are grossly misinformed about Data Backup and (more importantly) Disaster Recovery.

After working with over 2,500 small and mid-size businesses in the Portland Oregon Metro area, we found that 75% of business owners we talk to initially do NOT have a reliable backup of their data and do NOT know how or what they would do in the event of a data-erasing disaster. They simply “hope” their backup is/was working and that it will save their bacon when disaster strikes. This “hope” approach is incredible when you consider how dependent businesses are on information – be it client databases, QuickBooks or other accounting records, e-mails, pictures, inventory, blueprints, and other work products – almost ALL processes in a business rely on the availability of digital information.

The cost of losing that information (or being without it for an extended period of time) is hard to accurately quantify since it affects so many aspects of a business. But we do know this: 93% of companies that lost their data for 10 days or more filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster, and 50% filed for bankruptcy immediately (Source: National Archives & Records Administration in Washington).

Here are some other statistics about losing data:

Did You Know That . . .

  • Tape drives fail at an average rate of 100%. That means ALL tape drives fail at some point and do NOT offer complete protection for your data if a natural disaster, water damage or fire destroys your office and everything in it.
  • 20% of small to medium businesses will suffer a major disaster causing loss of critical data every 5 years. (Source: Richmond House Group)
  • 40% of small to medium businesses that manage their own network and use the Internet for more than e-mail will have their network accessed by a hacker, and more than half won’t even know they were attacked. (Source: Gartner Group)
  • About 70% of business people have experienced (or will experience) data loss due to accidental deletion, disk or system failure, viruses, fire or some other disaster. (Source: Carbonite)
  • The first reaction of employees who lose data is to try to recover it themselves by using recovery software or restarting or unplugging their computer — steps that can make later data recovery impossible. (Source: Survey by Minneapolis-based Ontrack Data Recovery)

In our next post we’ll talk about: Business owners who say, “But I already backup my data.”

If you want to skip this blog and read the entire 15 page guide, you can download your Free Business Advisory Guide Here.

Don’t worry about some sales guy calling you from our office because you downloaded information off of our website. No one from our office will call you; I promise. We don’t like sales calls any more than you do! We understand if you’re not ready to do that, and if that’s the case, then just read these posts when they come out. We post on a regular schedule.

This guide will explain in plain every day English what you need to know about data backup, security and disaster recovery.

Dedicated to your success
Wally Moore
dts|infotech . . . computer networks that work

 

Data Backup Disaster Recovery: business owners don’t get it.

Dear Business Owner,

Data Backup Disaster Recovery. Have you ever lost an hour of work on your computer?

Now imagine if you lost days or weeks of work – or imagine losing your client database, financial records, and all of the work files your company has ever produced or compiled. Data Backup Disaster Recovery becomes very important. Imagine what would happen if your network went down for days and you couldn’t access e-mail or the information on your PC. How devastating would that be?

Or, what if a major storm, flood, or fire destroyed your office and all of your files? Or if a virus wiped out your server . . . do you have an emergency recovery plan in place that you feel confident in?

How quickly do you think you could recover, if at all?

If you do not have good answers for Data Backup and Disaster Recovery, or a rock-solid Disaster recovery plan in place, you are quite literally playing Russian roulette with your business. With the number of threats constantly growing, it’s not a matter of if you will have a problem, but rather a matter of when. And even though many people KNOW they should be backing up their data, we have found that most business owners are grossly misinformed about Data Backup and (more importantly) Disaster Recovery.

That’s why we created this report: 12 Little Known Facts Every Business Owner Must Know About Data Backup, Security And Disaster Recovery. We wanted to give business owners, CEOs and executives an informative, easy to read guide that would explain what they need to know about backups, security and business continuity.

Just by asking for this report you are putting yourself far ahead of most business owners who never get around to thinking about this issue until it’s too late. For that, I congratulate you and hope that you find in this report the information and the encouragement you need to put the proper systems in place now, so you can sleep easier at night knowing you’re prepared for the worst.

About The AuthorWally Moore

My introduction to computers and networks began when the owner of the company I was working for told me I was the new network guy. He said he had overlooked how important computers would become as our company grew. My response was, “I’ve never even turned a computer on, let alone managed a network. Are you sure about this?” He said, “Yep, you’re a good manager. I know you’ll do a good job!” Reluctantly, I assumed the responsibility of a small business (SMB’s) network with 1 Novell server, 12 workstations, 1 fax machine, 3 printers and the telephone system.

I had no idea how any of it worked.

If your experience with computers and networks matches or resembles mine, we have much in common. I feel your pain and I can help you. I know exactly what it’s like when a large client calls to say, “I sent you that information yesterday. You didn’t get it?” and sheepishly you say, “No, we crashed yesterday and we don’t have a backup, can you resend it?” Or when accounting comes to you because they can’t print out invoices. And one of my personal favorites, you have to do payroll . . . but you can’t find the data on when hourly employees punched in and out.

I’ve experienced all of that and more.

Does this sound familiar? You really don’t have to live like this!

In our next post we’ll talk about: Business owners who believe they will never lose data. They say, “. . . that could never happen to me!”

If you want to skip this blog and read the entire 15 page guide, you can download your Free Business Advisory Guide Here. Don’t worry about some sales guy calling you from our office because you downloaded information off of our website. No one from our office will call you; I promise. We don’t like sales calls any more than you do, so we understand if you’re not ready to download. If that’s the case then just read these posts when they come out. East peasy!

This guide will explain in plain every day English what you need to know about Data Backup and Disaster Recovery.

Dedicated to your success

Wally Moore

dts|infotech . . . computer networks that work

 

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