Are you certain that your business will survive a major catastrophe?

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By Bob Milliken
If your data is important to your business, then consider these facts;

Bob Milliken
Bob Milliken

• 93% of businesses that lost their data for ten days or more filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster, 50% filed immediately.
• Failure rate of tape drives is 100%
• 20% of SMB’s will suffer a major disaster causing loss of critical data once every 5 years.
When all of your computer systems are down your entire company is affected and you have entered into a “disaster recovery” zone. Disaster recovery happens when a hard drive crashes, the office is flooded, the office is burned down, etc. Disaster recovery means restoring everything because you lost everything!

There’s only one way that’s possible: You need a perfectly working backup system. That’s no exaggeration: If it’s less than perfect, then you can’t restore everything. Luckily, there are many ways to achieve a perfectly working backup system. You might use tape, hard drives, cloud backups, fail-over systems, and more.
Your perfect backup has to be designed by a qualified technician. That’s not you, unless you’re a technician and you are qualified. If you’re very good at what you do, then you understand what it means to hire someone who knows what they’re doing.
If you’re in business long enough you will experience a catastrophic data loss – 70% of business people have lost, or will lose, their valuable data due to theft, fire, virus, accidental deletion or some other disaster. The real question is, how long can your company survive when none of your systems are working?

Here’s a quick way to determine how much data you need to backup:
• What do you want to recover if your office burns down?
• Back that up.

Everyone says they don’t want to lose anything. Ever. That used to be nearly impossible. Today it is very possible and not extremely expensive. But it has to be designed right, implemented properly, and tested regularly.
The testing part is the most important. If you don’t test-restore from your backup then you can’t guarantee that you have a working backup. Your technology consultant should be documenting your backup AND performing test restores at least once a month.
Here’s a scary statistic for you: 50% of all companies have NO working backup. A few of them know this. Most believe that their backup is working, but it isn’t.
Unfortunately, some people only discover this after they have entered the “disaster zone”, and we have to tell them that they have no backup, and that we have to start an extremely expensive process to recover their data. Don’t be that company!

Here’s your to-do list:
• Hire a professional
• Update your backup system if necessary
• Test your backup system monthly

Bob Milliken is the president of Cascadia Systems Group. Connect with Bob at TheITguy@CascadiaSystemsGroup.com, or give us a call – 604.270.1730. Your comments are appreciated – ComputerCents@CascadiaSystemsGroup.com