Have data backed up can help save a lot of headaches.

Every disaster recovery and business continuity plan needs backup

Stephen Perkins

When looking to protect itself from the dangers of a natural disaster or even against a server going down for an extended period of time, an organization must look at data backup as part of its strategy. Business networking expert Neal Bradbury wrote on ChannelNomics that business and IT managers should look at what happened to companies in the cases of  the Japanese tsunami or flooding in Thailand to see how beneficial backup can not only give peace of mind, but come in very handy.

"While anyone would be hard-pressed to say data backup and recovery are a waste of money given the dependency businesses have on data availability, many still skimp on backup because they think losses only happen to other people, or it only becomes a concern after an incident," he wrote. "A solution provider's job is to show business clients that buying and supporting backup as a core IT function is more than a good IT practice – it's a good business practice."

According to a report by Pepperdine University, even a minor data loss can significantly damage a company, costing hundreds of dollars and requiring many work hours to fix. In a worst case scenario, the company's entire budget can be wiped out by data loss, illustrating the importance of backup for businesses of any size. The university said 83 percent of data loss is recoverable if data backup is available, which is a definitely cause for companies should invest in these solutions as soon as possible.

Pepperdine said there are many costs associated with data loss, including having to hire computer support specialists that charge close to $30 per hour. Considering it could take several days for these specialists to complete their work if any of the files are corrupted, the  disaster recovery costs related just to labor can be significant. The easy solution is to invest in data backup and know that no matter what happens, the data is accessible right where they left it, good as new.

Categories: Disaster Recovery