Introduction: It’s a business owner’s worst nightmare. Losing an important customer file, and hence the customer, because your computer system crashes. Without proper backup and recovery in place, your data is never completely secure. And in a heightened regulatory environment, you could be held accountable for any lost data.
One study reports that companies experience $10,000 in lost revenue every time a server fails. What’s more, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 93 percent of all companies that experience “significant data loss” go out of business within a five-year period.
What Is This Solution?
This backup and recovery solution allows you to do two things: easily back up your files, and quickly recover them if and when the unthinkable happens. You can define, schedule, and run backups of your computers and monitor the status of a computer to make sure it’s backed up on a regular basis.
On the recovery front, the system lets you recover your computer’s operating system if your hardware fails, whether the problem is caused by operating system corruption, catastrophic incidents, viruses, worms, or user error. Recovery points can be created throughout the day, without interrupting work, ensuring that absolutely nothing gets lost.
What Are the Benefits of This Solution?
Small businesses have plenty of options when it comes to backup and recovery. Some businesses back up their data with USB flash drives, which offer increased storage capacity and greater portability. Others use online options that allow them to back up data to an offsite location. While these solutions are both useful and practical, they do not provide the scalability, speed, availability, and storage capacity that many small and medium-size businesses require.
When a system fails, this solution can restore it completely, eliminating the need for IT specialists to reinstall, reconfigure, and repatch operating systems, applications, or system settings.
CHECKLIST: When Is This Solution Right for Your Company?
So how do you know if this solution is right for you? Here are some questions to consider:
1. Do you fear losing valuable business data as a result of user error or some unforeseen catastrophe?
2. Are you held accountable for the integrity and availability of your financial and business data due to increased government regulation?
3. Are you losing money every minute your computers are down and data is lost?
4. Are you looking to centrally manage backup and recovery tasks for multiple computer systems across your entire organization?
If you answer yes to several of these questions, this solution could be the system you’ve been looking for.
If you operate your business with only a handful of computers and you don’t have any servers, this is not the right solution for you. You’ll want a backup system that’s for desktops only. And if flash drives and/or online backup are adequate to secure your data, you might not need this system.