Do you backup your data? You should when you consider data loss facts and statistics:

  • US $10,000 is the average cost of a single incident of data loss, according to Gartner
  • 43% of companies never re-open after a large-scale data loss, according to the Contingency Planning Research and Strategic Research Corporation
  • 93% of companies that reopen after experiencing significant data loss close within five years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor

These statistics illustrate the costly nature of disaster data recovery and why having a business continuity plan (BCP) or, at the very least, a disaster recovery plan (DRP) is crucial to your business.

Traditional Data Backup vs Business Continuity

If you’re not sure which one is right for your business, here’s an overview on Traditional Data Backup vs Business Continuity Solutions.

Over the past few years, technology has really come a long way. Tape and disk backup used to be the best option for small and medium businesses (SMBs) to backup their data. Today there is a wide variety of  traditional backup, backup and disaster recovery (BDR), and business continuity solutions available that offer SMBs enterprise technology at affordable prices. These solutions are easier to manage, more reliable and can save your company from losing vital data and experiencing costly downtime. These business continuity solutions are changing the backup game and it’s important to understand the differences between the two.

The table below illustrates the drawbacks to disaster recovery and why having a business continuity plan is preferable to having a disaster recovery plan.

Traditional Backup Business Continuity
When it comes to recovering data, tape failure rates are between 41-72% Eliminates downtime in the event of a disaster by allowing your business to fail-over to a secure cloud soulution
Backup speeds are slower Bring  up and restore specific files or applications  through a remote web interface
High risk of human error due to manual administration Redundant backups in three different locations:  local workstation, local BDR appliance, and off-site data  centers
Potential for theft or loss of media Very low risk of corrupted backups or data loss
Difficult to test a backup before a recovery situation occurs Full automation of backup process; very little management needed
Time consuming and expensive to have copies of backups or have backups stored in more than one location Off-site backups stored in SAS70 Type  II data centers   (most secure rating possible)
Limited options for encrypting data Automated snapshots of backups are taken to ensure  backups were successful and can be booted at any time
Can take hours, days or even weeks to get data back   after a disaster Downtime after a disaster is reduced from days or hours to minutes or seconds
Only allows for sequential data access; no random  access available Granular and Exchange Recovery Options
Storing large amounts of data requires an equally large  amount of space Immediate access to files, applications and email even if the local appliance or server is down
There is no backup for your backup with tape and disk solutions. AES 256 and SSL key-based encryption

smplsolutions offers both Traditional Data Backup and Business Continuity Solutions such as:

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