Importance of online backup in DR plans

Importance of online backup in DR plans

Stephen Perkins

Recent natural disasters and man-made events have illustrated just how devastating unforeseen issues can be to the average company, as well as the ways in which progressive online backup strategies can help mitigate risk. Studies indicate that a majority of businesses in the United States – especially smaller firms – have not put any effort into preparing for catastrophes through data and system backups. 

Disaster recovery plans are among the most critical aspects of overall corporate continuity, and can be greatly enhanced by the use of online backup solutions. When faced with adverse conditions and disasters, businesses that have robust continuity plans in place will most often enjoy fewer outages and operational disruptions. 

Back it all up
The Australian recently explained some of the more intense corporate repercussions that occur following a disaster, especially when the company was not prepared. According to the news provider, everything from floods to viruses can hinder a firm's ability to access, control, manage and secure its mission-critical data, networks and other components of IT. 

The cost of losing data continues to rise, and businesses can only mitigate these risks by becoming more proactive with information backup plans. The source explained that the safest plans involved at least three copies of any information that is deemed important by the company's decision makers, while each version should be stored in a unique location. 

Whereas firms were once only able to backup information in online environments, new solutions have made it possible to copy entire hard drives and host duplicate systems in off-site locations. For obvious reasons, this type of approach can positively impact the firm's resilience to unforeseen natural disasters and other threatening events. 

The Australian noted that while there are myriad options available to businesses today, leaders should try to identify and deploy online backup solutions that are most closely aligned with their specific needs and objectives. 

Real cost of poor preparation
Forbes recently reported that the average cost of outages and downtime has increased substantially in the past several years, growing to $161,000 per hour. Business leaders, regardless of the size of their firm, should recognize this as a significant threat to continuity and financial stability.

According to the source, this average cost represents a 65 percent increase since 2010. By leveraging more advanced and affordable online backup solutions, organizations can work to reduce their risk of outages and the subsequent financial fallout. 

Categories: Disaster Recovery, Online Backup