The Importance of Data Backup and a Disaster Recovery Plan

Apr
Benefits of backup and a disaster recovery plan

In today’s data driven economy, it is critical for businesses to ensure their data is protected and easily recoverable in case of emergencies. According to the National Archives and Records Administration, 93 percent of companies that experience data loss and downtime for 10 or more days file for bankruptcy within 12 months.1 It is easy to see why it is important for businesses to back up their data.

Avoiding major data losses and reducing downtime should a disaster happen should both be top priorities for companies. Having a reliable data backup system and disaster recovery plan in place are necessary steps towards achieving those priorities and establishing vital safeguards to protect your business and its data.

Data backup is the process of storing data in another separate storage medium in addition to the primary storage. So, should the primary hardware fail or get damaged, your company’s data is easy to recover. Essentially, it is the process of duplicating data which can then be retrieved in the event of data loss.

A solid disaster recovery plan ensures your business can resume work as quickly as possible in the aftermath of a major data loss. It is a step-by-step plan for business continuity in the event of a disaster that full or partially destroys your business’s resources such as IT equipment, data records, corporate network or database.

Our Boston and Dallas colocation professionals fully understand the benefits of data backup and recovery.

The Benefits of Data Backup

Reliability – One of the most significant benefits of remote data backup is that your company’s data is backed up automatically either daily or at scheduled regular times. This automated process is done over the Internet, meaning you can access and recover any of your files instantly should you need to.

Reduced Workload – Having the process of backing up your files and data done automatically means manual back up becomes practically obsolete. One or more of your employees will not have to do the time-consuming job of making sure data is regularly duplicated onto sperate external storage or USB drives.

Higher Security – Remote data backup has your data stored in a secure location separate from your business location and primary storage. This secure location is typically a datacenter which has safeguards built into its physical and digital framework. With advanced encryption tools and other security measures, you can rest easy knowing your data is physically safe and won’t be compromised.

The Benefits of a Disaster Recovery Plan

Cost Efficiency – Disaster recovery planning often requires more innovative hardware and software, which can save companies money in the long run. If your business opts for cloud-based data management instead of local storage and management, costs can be minimized even more significantly.

Greater Employee Productivity – One of the more unexpected yet important benefits of having a disaster recovery plan is an increase in productivity from your employees. Establishing a disaster recovery plan involves cross-training and multiple people being able to carry out specific important tasks. Vacation days, sick leaves, or resignations will not lead to interruptions or extended downtime.

Customer Retention – Today’s clients expect consistent reliability and almost instant results. They are not as forgiving of failures and downtime. Should a business not meet their expectations or suffer prolonged interruptions in their work, clients will easily move onto another competitor. Having a backup and a data recovery plan ensures your company will not be irreparably damaged by an IT disaster. Reducing the risk or data loss and downtime helps you retain your clientele.

At LightWave Networks, in addition to the colocation services we offer at our Boston and Dallas data centers, we also offer remote backup services and disaster recovery planning to our clients. To learn more about our top-notch IT services, contact us or call 844.722.COLO today!

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