Why leave your data up to chance?

Prepare yourself before disaster strikes.  When it comes to data backup and disaster recovery (BDR), being prepared for potential disasters is key to keep your business running.  It's not only important to have a disaster recovery solution you trust, but to make sure you test it as well.

Prior to a disaster ever occurring (and unfortunately it's a matter of when and not if ) ask yourself the following:

Do you have a disaster recovery solution in place?
How long can you realistically be down? 1 hour? 1 day?
Do you trust it?
What is the financial cost of downtime to your business?
When was the last time your backup was tested?
When a disaster occurs, is here an offsite copy?
How long does it take to recover from your current backup solution?

Stay One Step Ahead of Potential Disasters

Today’s small to mid-sized businesses, or SMBs, are creating more data than ever. Their growth calls for robust solutions to back up their business-critical data.

Due to limited financial and IT resources, it is crucial for SMBs to know exactly what to look for in a backup solution. In this guide we’ll be outlining key criteria for SMBs to keep in mind when seeking out total data protection.

Before we jump into that criteria, it is important to understand why backup is critical for an SMB.

Successful backup is the foundation for disaster recovery and business continuity. Without it, recovery and continuity cannot exist. Technologies that were created decades ago to store data are simply not enough. Antiquated methods, like tape backup, aren’t going to ensure data retention and recovery during business critical time windows.

When choosing a backup solution, SMBs should look for 6 important pieces of criteria:comprehensiveness, ease of use, recoverability, performance and reliability, affordability,and scalability.

Things to Consider While Choosing Your Backup & Disaster Recovery Solution

Comprehensiveness

  • Small businesses generally do not have dedicated IT departments that can manage separate backup, recovery & business continuity solutions.
  • A combination of on-premises and cloud-bases services offer the best total protection for businesses of all sizes, especially small businesses.

Ease of Use

  • Employee's at SMBs tend to take on multiple roles at work, managing IT shouldn't be one of them.
  • Solutions that offer intelligent user interfaces are also supported by a vast number of MSPs.

Recoverability

  • Most SMBs carry less than a month of operating costs in cash, so downtime can quite literally "break the bank".
  • Instant recovery capabilities can remedy this
  • Convert a backup into a running system in a matter of seconds
  • Total system replication in the event of a disaster.
  • This create a complete infrastructure on which to host your business.

Performance and Reliability

  • It makes sense that quicker and more frequent backups limit data loss.
  • Incremental Backups - where the technology adds what you changed or deleted, rather than backup up the entire volume of data repeatedly.

Affordability

  • SMBs like do not have HUGE IT budgets.
  • It's common to outsource for an entire IT department, but that can be pricey.
  • Many opt for cheaper solutions, which provide them less functionality.
  • Cheaper solutions may seem like the right call in the moment, but down the road it can be quite costly when the solution doesn't do all that the SMB needed to prevent downtime.
  • It's important to find the most cost effective and affordable solution - which won't require sacrificing significant features and capabilities.

Scalability

  • Successful small businesses often grow into larger businesses.
  • With that comes the creation of more and more data
  • Alongside this growth is a need for more advanced backup and business continuity solutions.

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