Do you lose sleep over your data backup system –
or the lack of one?
From human error to a natural disaster, every business is vulnerable to data loss – including yours. Whether a single critical file or an entire application or server, the data you possess are the key to keeping your business not just running smoothly – but running at all!
While it may be true that, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, it’s also true that your information system requires data backup and disaster recovery as an integral part of that prevention, and as the cure.
Automated Data Backup & Disaster Recovery – Murphy’s Law
Murphy’s Law states that, “Anything that can go wrong, will – at the worst possible moment.” In the world of information technology and business data systems, it might be better said that, “Any data that can be lost, will be – at the worst possible moment for my business.”
Doing business in the high-tech, fast paced world we live in today presents many challenges that impact every aspect of your business. A major loss of data however represents far more than a mere challenge; such a loss could literally cost you your business.
Don’t believe it? Let’s take a look at some numbers from the Homeland Security News Wire.
- 43% of companies were immediately put out of business by a “major loss” of computer records, and another
- 51% permanently closed their doors within two years
- And, just 6% of companies survive longer than two years after losing data
If these statistics are not enough,
- 93% of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster
- 50% of businesses that found themselves without data management for this same time period filed for bankruptcy immediately (National Archives & Records Administration in Washington)
- 34% of companies fail to test their tape backups, and of those that do, 77% have found tape back-up failures
With the amount and importance of the data you store and manage for your business, you can no longer afford to simply hope that “It won’t happen to me!” An automated data backup and disaster recovery plan will ensure the ongoing viability and continuity of your business.
Hybrid Backup & Your Business Continuity Plan
While some of those numbers are truly frightening, there are ways to protect yourself from data loss, and to ensure the continuity of your business long into the future. In fact, by employing an automated hybrid data backup system, a system that uses the best of all possible information management solutions to protect your data, you will be able to back up your data booth on-site, and to the cloud.
The cloud is no longer some sort of amorphous entity lacking shape or form but, instead, has evolved into a distinct, organized, almost organic information management and secure data storage environment. For 21st Century business, using and working in the cloud has become almost a necessity, as necessary to the continuity of your business as the desktop PC.
What is “Cloud Backup”, and how does it benefit you and your business?
- It’s Accessible – Cloud backup is available 24/7, 365, and from virtually any location. Plus, with the addition of a synchronized backup on local storage, our hybrid backup system provides access to your backed up data even when you’ve lost your Internet connection.
- It’s Redundant – Because your backups are stored on both local and cloud-based storage, an additional layer of redundancy exists over local only storage, or cloud only systems.
- It’s Real – The cloud isn’t an unknown phenomenon. Put simply, the cloud is a collection of offsite, world-class data centers that provide servers, services, and storage, extending your business and your data storage capacity.
- It’s Secure – The cloud provides secure communication, encryption, and storage. Data is securely transmitted, stored using up to 448-bit military grade encryption and is only accessible to you, the customer.
- It’s Constant – Cloud data centers are designed with redundancy and availability in mind. Everything from drives, to servers, to firewalls to Internet connections is designed to ensure higher uptimes than you provide your own business.
- It’s Durable – Cloud storage is designed to not lose your data. With as high as eleven 9’s of storage durability (that’s 99% with nine 9’s after the decimal point), you’d only lose 1 out of a trillion files.
- It’s Fast – The speed of using cloud services is really based on the peed of your Internet connection. With the use of hybrid-cloud solutions (where local storage is used and is archived to the cloud), the cloud gives you on premise speed with cloud redundancy and availability
- It’s Uncomplicated – With turnkey software solutions, the cloud becomes one of the easiest parts of your infrastructure to implement and see value with quickly. You can be up and running in minutes, not hours or days.
- It’s Scalable – Increasing your cloud storage is easy as making a phone call. You’re certainly not going to gain bigger capacity in a tape backup system that easily.
- It’s Cost-Effective – While cost may not be a basis for trust, you should be concerned with your budget, and what kind of security, availability, durability, and speed you’re getting in return. The cloud turns the cost for expensive hardware into an affordable monthly operating expense; one that increases only as your business grows.
Simply put, we provide assurance. North Star’s hybrid cloud backup and recovery, powered by IASO, gives you peace of mind when it comes to your ability to get your business back up and running.
To learn more, and to receive your FREE Data Backup and Recovery Assessment, contact us today at 303-747-4024.