You backup your data regularly and you think you’re prepared to handle a disaster, right? Think again! Disaster recovery requires much more than routine data backup. Cloud technology, virtualisation and colocation can add layers of complexity. Without a robust plan in place, your business is at risk.
What is a Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan?
Backups and disaster recovery (DR) planning are an integral part of any business’s IT strategy, becoming even more of a necessity as security breaches and network outages have become common threats.
Backups are the copying of data into a secondary form (i.e. cloud storage) which can be used to restore the original file in the event of a disaster. Learn more about data backup solutions for your business here.
Disaster recovery is a strategic security planning model that seeks to protect an organisation from the effect of man-made or natural disasters, such as a cyber-attack or flood. A disaster recovery plan aims to maintain critical functions before, during and after a disaster meaning minimal disruption to business continuity.
Why is a Data Backup and Recovery Plan so Important?
Data loss can happen in many different ways and just because your organisation has been lucky enough to avoid a disaster so far, this doesn’t mean your luck will always hold. Instead, ensure full protection and implement a disaster recovery plan today!
4 Reasons Why You Need a Data Backup and Recovery Plan:
1. Technology Fails
Technology isn’t full proof, and whilst modern IT technology is fairly resilient, most devices fall short of a perfect track record. No one is immune to hard disk or internet connection failures! Desktops get infected with viruses, laptops stop working unexpectedly and power surges blow our hard drives. As most businesses are paper-free, with important documents and data stored locally, you need to ensure you can quickly get back to business.
2. Natural Disasters
Beautiful mother nature is often unpredictable and potentially devastating to your business. All over the world, natural disasters have caused massive disruptions to businesses and their technology systems. Events such as extreme heat, deep freezes, mass flooding and other natural disasters, not to mention electrical faults or fires, can happen at any time.
When businesses have a disaster recovery plan in place they don’t need to worry about damage to their operations. Instead, they can simply locate the information from their storage solution and continue business as usual.
3. Human Error
Let’s face it, people make mistakes - to err is human after all. Employees can accidentally delete data, leave laptops on a train, or spill a cup of tea on a hard drive. A data backup and recovery will ensure that any mistake can be corrected efficiently.
4. Reputation damage
Downtime leads to unhappy customers and the cost of that unhappiness can reverberate for months, or even years, after an IT disaster, resulting in loss of long-term profits and competitive advantage. Social media intensifies this as word of mouth spreads quicker than ever. It takes time to build a reputation, and only seconds to lose it. Investing in a disaster recovery plan will help minimize the risks to your brand’s reputation.
Disaster Recovery and Backups with Datek
We’ve worked with a range of businesses in various sectors to help tailor backup and disaster recovery plans that work. So, if you’re looking to find out more about IT backup services, creating a disaster recovery plan, or any other business IT support needs that fit your organisation, call us today on 01753 540000 or send us an enquiry here for advice from our IT experts.