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:
- Datto Backup
- Disc (HDD) Backup
- Other Custom Solutions
For more information, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 949.544.8630.