Data recovery is easy and cost-effective with a cloud infrastructure.

Data backups important for businesses of all sizes

Stephen Perkins

A new age of data usage has arrived, one in which companies across just about all industrial sectors harness expansive information to optimize business at every turn. Whether it's a massive retail store or a local gardening service, there is a use for data in every sector. But this business reliance on data means that the protection of such information is more important now than ever before. Unfortunately, not all companies are taking the suitable data backup measures to protect their enterprise. Negligence like that can result in catastrophe for businesses, particularly small ones, for whom the costs of recovery may be too much to bear. 

Small businesses need to have data protection plan in place
A new infographic released by Intronis points to the necessity for smaller businesses to backup their data. According to the graphic, there are currently around 28 million small businesses in the country, with a new one opening up shop approximately every minute. With the widespread surge in small business openings comes an influx of data. From client transactions to product monitoring to industrial forecasts, smaller enterprises can put data to use just as much as their larger counterparts. But if that data is not backed up, the results can be potentially business-ending. 

Unfortunately, data loss is not something that happens once in a blue moon. It is a constant problem. There are about 15,000 small business hard drives that fail every day. Yet the reality of these failures has done little to curb the lack of enterprise preparedness. This is illustrated by the fact that 96 percent of small company computers are not suitably backed up. Statistically, the consequences of not having a data backup online are extremely alarming: for 94 percent of small companies, a huge data loss means the business will close up shop within two years. 

Preventing unrecoverable losses is easy with a cloud backup
If no data backup strategies existed, the majority of small businesses would not stand a fighting stance. Fortunately, there is a solution to the risk of data loss that all successful small businesses must look into: an online data backup. By placing company information in the cloud, enterprises ensure that even if some calamitous event occurs, that won't mean the end of the company. Data backups have helped organizations push through floods, surmount data breaches, and solve internal IT errors. According to the Intronis infographic, these are the top 10 things SMBs should back up immediately, if they haven't already:

  1. Line of Business (LOB) applications
  2. Emails
  3. Customer Records
  4. Virtual machines
  5. POS system information
  6. Applications for finance and accounting
  7. Software regulating customer relations
  8. Electronic Medical Records
  9. Servers and Workstations
  10. Files and Folders

A casual perusal of this list reveals that most critical business functions are represented. That is because, in an ideal world, all SMBs would backup everything to the cloud. What the list points to is the growing trend among businesses to store everything in the cloud. 

The cloud is the ideal place for disaster recovery
As IT Business Edge contributor Carl Weinschenk pointed out, the cloud is the ideal place for disaster recoveries to happen, since the construction of the cloud is inherently tailored to such a task. To illustrate this, Weinschenk turned to a quote from industry expert James Russell, who said that, "With the right provider, DR is almost a by-product of [the cloud's[ infrastructure design. This allows about any company to have a good DR solution without having to put down a large capital expenditure like in the past. Now it can be built into the solution and instead becomes an operating expense."

Because a cloud backup is as cost-effective as it is helpful, it remains the best business recovery plan for all the SMBs out there.

Categories: Cloud Backup, Data Protection, Disaster Recovery