Why Data-Backup is the Ugly Stepchild of IT

Super Storm Sandy, hard-drive failures, lost/stolen hardware - all are culprits of lost data that we’ve seen since starting Strategic IT. Imagine your company suffers data loss at the hands of any one of these scary scenarios. Naturally you’d call on your backup provider for help retrieving and restoring your pertinent data. Your vendor would send your massive data file back to you online or via a disc. Then what? Your recovery plan now includes searching for new servers, network and other infrastructure. No part of that sounds efficient and inexpensive. So why don’t business owners give data back-up the same priority as customer issues? What we surmise is that small to medium sized businesses haven’t broken out of that reactive mindset when it comes to technology. As the adage says, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” As technology solution specialists, we understand that the focus is on developing strategies that are in line with the company’s business goals. But isn’t it a no-brainer when NOT having backed-up data returned to a production environment could lead your business to fall from your clients’ good graces? So if any of those aforementioned scary scenarios became reality, reactive business-focused solutions seem like a moot point in comparison to losing data (and potentially losing clients).

The ultimate goal of data back-up and business continuity is to get that backed-up data to a ready-to-go production environment ASAP and to restore normal operations before the business is severely compromised. Our #1 recommendation for disaster recovery - cloud computing. Based on virtualization, the entire server, including the operating system, applications, patches and data is captured into a single software bundle or virtual server. This entire virtual server can be copied or backed up to an offsite data center and rolled up on a virtual host in a matter of minutes. This can dramatically reduce recovery times compared to conventional (non-virtualized) disaster recovery approaches at a fraction of the cost. Cloud computing is a solution for any business model, just as a solid backup and disaster recovery plan is essential for any business.

Need help warming up to that “ugly stepchild?” Contact us for a business continuity infographic with some shocking statistics of the effects of not having adequate data back-up solutions. We’re always available to answer any questions you may have. ericaw@it-strategic.com