It could be a machine error. It could be a virus. It could be a flood the size of Somerset. But whatever the reason sooner or later, you’re going to be in a situation where you’re at risk of losing some or all of your data.
- 90% of businesses losing data from a disaster are forced to shut down within two years.
- Only 44% [of businesses] successfully recovered information after a recent data recovery event
- 53% of claimants never recoup the losses incurred by a disaster
Nobody if they were honest is motivated by a statistic, we don’t just sit there and read them and then think “that’s going to happen to me!” Instead it’s easier to think the stats are vague and meaningless, after all what does “90% of business losing data from a disaster are forced to shut down” actually mean. It’s easier to think “It won’t happen to me!”
The word ‘Disaster’
Can conjure up some pretty terrible images of floods, fires, demolished buildings & gutted server rooms, so we tend to associate a disaster recovery plan as being expensive, time consuming and a massive strain on resources. So we adopt the ‘better to wait and see’ plan, and then deal with the cost when it happens, after all what are the chances of a disaster effecting you….
Let me define what a business disaster really is… it can defined as an event which disrupts your ability to run your business. ANY EVENT!
You’re not necessarily planning for a flood that wipes out your entire business. You’re planning for every time your server fails, or there is a power outage, or a virus hits your systems, or perhaps a disgruntled employee decides to delete sensitive information. You may never be the victim of a natural disaster, but I am willing to bet that you will suffer from some other event that will interrupt your business. It may take precious resources to resolve and even stop customers from spending money with you. Perhaps you have already had an event.
Value of a good back up & disaster plan.
You can probably guess some of the benefits already of having a plan in place, however some of the benefits go much deeper than you might first guess. It helps you focus on what is important to your business for example what services must go back online first. Also it helps you evaluate exactly how long you can survive without critical and non-critical data and how much downtime costs the business. It could also help you streamline your business by looking at how you currently do things and save money in the process.