According to Merriam-Webster, a disaster is "a sudden calamitous event bringing great damage, loss, or destruction."
To some, that means earthquake or tornado. But don't tell that to someone who can't access a critical file at a critical moment.
There are a myriad of causes for data loss. While the majority of losses can be attributed to hardware failure and human error, other causes include software-related data failure, viruses, application failures, and the like.
The more spectacular causes of data loss, such as fire, theft, weather, and other natural disasters, account for a small percentage. Still, these things happen. Water pipes burst. Basements and utility conduits flood. Cables and fiber optic lines are accidentally cut. Electrical spikes and surges are more common than you might think. And that's just to name a few.
Take a moment to consider...
- How secure is your data from unauthorized network access?
- How secure is it from unauthorized physical access?
- How soon could your business recover from a major computer failure?
- How much confidence do you have with your current data backups?
- How frequently is your critical data backed up?
- How are your backups stored? Are the conditions climate-controlled to maximize the integrity of the media/data?
- Where are your backups stored? In a desk drawer? File cabinet? Fire-proof safe? On-site? Off-site?
- Are you dependent on one person to restore data from backups? Are the procedures well-documented?
- How easily can data be restored from backups? How quickly?
- When was the last time your backup-restore procedures were successfully tested?
- What impact would significant downtime or irrecoverable data loss have on your bottom line? On your organization's image?
The Bottom Line
Unfortunately, achieving a high level of protection on-site can be cost- and space-prohibitive. Setting up a full-fledged computer room with temperature and humidity controls, air filtration, fire suppression, power redundancy, secured access and the like can easily run well into six figures, which is why they're typically found only in large companies.
The good news is that Managed Business can help design and implement a Disaster Prevention & Recovery Strategy that matches or even surpasses that of even the most expensive big-company computer rooms at rates that will astound you.