- What would happen if your organization lost all accounting and tax data?
- How about payroll data?
- What about all the project estimates the sales team was just about to present to clients?
- What if you are in the middle of your busiest season ever and your company loses all recent sales orders?
- Do any of these scenarios sound frightening to you?
It doesn’t have to be that way. There is a solution and the name of it is “offsite cloud data backup”. With a well-planned procedure to restore corporate data from an offsite location, your organization can recover all of its critical data fairly easily. This means your business can be up and running again, and selling products and/or services as usual along with maintaining a good relationship with creditors.
Reason #1 – Things Happen
Excessive rain can cause flooding, a fire can occur, or a water pipe could burst over the weekend, sending water throughout several floors of a corporate building. Without an offsite repository of corporate data, any one of these scenarios could close an organization’s doors for good.
Natural disasters put your business’s important data at a much higher risk of being lost. You may have insurance to cover your buildings and physical equipment, and your employees may be willing to work, but without an offsite backup, all the information your company relies on can be lost. This can deal a serious blow to your business and can put you out of business entirely. According to FEMA, 40-60% of small businesses never recover from a natural disaster.
Reason #2 – hard drives eventually fail
Some companies have still not made the leap to utilizing cloud technologies for their backups. They might be backing up to external hard drives. However, when these external hard drives eventually fail, the backup data they contain is likely lost forever. By using cloud technologies instead, data is updated in real-time. Thus, any restorations will contain all the necessary data for a complete restoration.
Reason #3 – Tighter Security
Most companies have at least a basic alarm system to secure their physical property and buildings. However, unless an owner has a background in the military, a 3rd party provider will almost always have much tighter security around their data center(s).
Those in the business of securing data know it takes layers of redundant security measures in order to truly protect their client’s most important asset — their data. Professional data centers take security very seriously, and may even have military-grade facilities located underground.
Interested in more tips on preparing for natural disasters? Check out 7 Tips for Preparing Your Business IT for a Hurricane