Backup and Disaster Recovery are Essential for Your Business
Businesses need data in order to exist. That’s just the way things work. This reliance on data, however, then makes it a strong requirement to protect it from mishaps. You’d protect your finances, after all, and your intellectual property… why not protect the resource that leads to these things from all of the many circumstances that could put them at risk?
This is precisely why so many businesses rely on backup and disaster recovery solutions, as well they should.
Data is immensely valuable nowadays, which means that spending money to protect it is no longer an expense… it’s an investment. Your data can influence all aspects of your business, from productivity to profitability. If you need more proof about how much your data is really worth, ask yourself a few questions:
- If you lost your data, how much would it cost to replace it?
- How much of your revenue is dependent on you having your data?
- If you were to sell it or rent it out, how much money could you make from your data?
- How much will it cost you to protect this data?
There is a field of study, known as infonomics, that focuses on exactly these questions, looking to establish the value of your data. Some industries, such as insurance and accounting, see it to be preferable that data continues to have no tangible value, but they are the exceptions. Just about every other business’ data has some value that can translate to a financial amount.
As a result, it is even more important to see to it that your business’ data is insured against negative circumstances. A data backup is an excellent means of doing so. While redundancy isn’t often considered a positive trait, it is when your backup is concerned. It also doesn’t hurt that keeping multiple backups increases the likelihood that these backups would be stored in different places, adding the safety of numbers to your data (just so long as they aren’t all stored in the same place).
Of course, protecting your data from disaster is one thing… recovering it after the fact is another thing entirely.
Ideally, you’ll never need either your backup or your disaster recovery solutions, but the likelihood is unfortunately skewed towards your needing them at some point. Disasters are scalable. As a result, your disaster recovery solution can come in handy, whether you need to restore a single file or your entire infrastructure. When selecting a platform for your recovery needs, you should pay special attention to a few variables to make the best choice for you: the recovery point objective, and the recovery time objective.
The RPO represents the amount of time that a period of downtime can last before your business reaches the point of no return, while the RTO sums up the amount of time you have to resume your operations before your business continuity is seen as shot.
Together, these solutions work to not only protect your business’ data and operations, but its capacity to have a future. Reach out to us at (774) 213-9701 to learn more about the solutions we have to offer!