Offsite backup can help businesses stay afloat in the event of a disaster.

Unpreparedness common for disaster recovery

Stephen Perkins

It is impossible to know exactly what is around every corner. Many businesses that have never experienced a major disaster probably are not even expecting anything bad to happen. The unfortunate reality is that trouble could strike at any moment, potentially bringing main servers and critical documents down in the process. What is even more troubling than the possibility of something disrupting daily operations is the manner in which many companies treat the threat of it occurring. Despite being fully aware of the ramifications, many enterprises claim that they are ill-prepared to handle an emergency scenario.

According to research conducted by the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council, 73 percent of organizations admit to not taking proper steps in terms of risk mitigation, with 64 percent reporting that efforts in this area suffered mainly from underfunding. This leaves untold numbers of files and systems vulnerable in the event of failure and/or human error. Should a fire break out or a tornado unexpectedly touch down, this could spell the end of any business that has not made proper considerations regarding their most valuable assets. Companies need to take note of unknown dangers if they have not already.

One of the most effective ways to prepare for a multitude of disaster situations is to outsource backup management to an offsite location. This ensures that redundancies are up-to-date and, thanks to advancements in online backup, specifically, downtime can be minimized by gaining access almost instantly. It is not so much about preparing for possible outcome specifically, but more related to implementing solutions that cover multiple bases.

More companies moving to offsite backup
But even if an extraordinary number or businesses feel that they are not bracing themselves appropriately for sudden down time, there is a growing segment of the enterprise world that is starting to take it seriously. According to Forrester Research, 42 percent of businesses are using offsite DR methods in some capacity in an attempt to avoid trouble down the road.

It is just as important these days to worry about business continuity in addition to disaster recovery. While the two terms are often used interchangeably and their definitions tend to intersect, they are still two very different things. A offsite disaster recovery plan can greatly aid in business continuity depending on how it is deployed. Online access can greatly reduce any potential downtime that might result from an unforeseen circumstance.

Categories: Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Online Backup