2012 has arrived! Have you made any New Year’s resolutions yet? Besides resolving to spend more time with friends and family, getting fit, and getting organized, have you made any New Year’s resolutions for your business?
Is staying in business important to your company?
We don't want to be sensationalistic here, but there is a serious real-world link between data loss and staying in business. Let's look at some statistics.
If your company has employed a backup solution, what process to you go through to ensure it is doing its job? Backup systems need to be tested regularly to ensure all the proper files are being backed up, and to check data integrity. Just because the backup system reports that it was successful, a solid backup and disaster recovery plan includes regular verification of those backups and even a regular "fire drill" to ensure you can recover in the event of a disaster.
We can't stress how important data backup is for businesses. Backup is so important that March 31st is World Backup Day, a day for people and businesses to observe the importance of backing up data regularly.
Read on for World Backup Day's excellent Infographic.
"As a business owner, when should I worry about implementing data backup for my company?"
The answer comes in the form of another question, "How much do you value your business?"
Nobody likes thinking or talking about this (except maybe if you are in the insurance business), but businesses are fragile entities. Enough hardship and loss will greatly weaken the foundation that keeps the business running smoothly. What if your business suffered from a fire, devastating flood, or even a misfortunate bolt of lightning that destroys your server? What if you were caught in the line of one of the recent tornados? Would you be able to pick up the pieces and start over?
Nature can be pretty impressive in Texas. It can interrupt the day-to-day operations of businesses, cause major damage, and cost your business in expensive downtime. Having a good business continuity plan (and ensuring you have it set in place) can make or break your company when mother nature comes knocking at your door.
Pixar, known for CG Animated films like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Up, produced a short video about how they almost lost Toy Story 2 due to a simple linux command and faulty backup.
Seems like just yesterday phones were simple devices for making and receiving phone calls. These days, smartphones are as functional as full-fledged desktop PCs and hold valuable applications, e-mail messages, photos, videos, documents and, of course, phone numbers and contact information. If losing the data on your phone would be a true disaster, then you’ll want to back up your phone as regularly and carefully as you do your other devices.
If you think “data backup” is synonymous with “disaster recovery” and aren’t sure what “business continuity” means, you’re not alone. Most of the business owners we talk to make the mistake of not knowing the difference and end up paying the price when data is lost, a network goes down or a disaster prevents them from accessing their physical office and the server inside.