How much would a complete server cost your business? Do you have a disaster recovery plan in the event you weren’t able to occupy your facility because of a fire, earthquake or other disaster? What would you do if you experienced an extended power loss and couldn’t access your server?
In today’s around-the-clock business environment, we are more dependent on our data and servers than ever before. Protecting your core servers, workstations and business data is crucial to your business continuity and in some cases, your entire business survival when disaster strikes.
False Sense of Backup
Most companies don’t realize that redundant hard drives will not protect against failed motherboards, data corruption or other server failures. Think you’re protected because you’re religiously backing up each night to tape? Guess again. 34% of companies fail to test their tape backups, and of those that do, 77% have found tape back-up failures.
Some Statistics to Consider
- 30% of all businesses that have a major fire go out of business within a year. 70% fail within five years.
- 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months of the event.
- 93% of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster.
- 50% of companies that aren’t able to resume operations within ten days of a disaster are not likely to survive.
- Every week 140,000 hard drives crash in the United States.
- Simple drive recovery can cost upwards of $7,500 and success is not guaranteed.
- 83% of businesses do not have a security policy or contingency plan in place.
- A Price Waterhouse Coopers survey calculated that a single incident of data loss costs businesses an average of $10,000.
- 20Mb of data typically takes 30 hours of work to replace – time not spent selling, time wasted by staff.
- 30% of small businesses admit they have no formal data backup and storage procedures, or do not implement their procedures consistently.
There had to be a Better Way
Although your business may be small, the sheer amount of data that it generates probably isn’t. The volume of digital information a business needs to store seems to multiply fast when you consider e-mail, program files, client databases, archives, scanned documents—and the list goes on and on. On average, a typical small business needs five to 20 gigabytes of storage each month.
Up until recently, I was using a company called “i365” (formerly eVault) to backup my two servers. On the plus side, my nightly backups were consistent, my data was stored securely offsite, it was easy to use and manage, I never had any problems when I needed to restore files, and their customer service was very reliable. On the down side, however, I was backing up just my critical files, not my entire servers. In the event of a disaster, it would take me DAYS to be able to recover, as first I would have to have working servers to reload my operating system back to, apply all the software security patches and updates, and re-install all the program applications before I could even think about restoring my data files.
Naturally as my network data continued to grow, so did my monthly costs. In no time I was paying close to $2,000 a month for just these two servers! In these days of cost-cutting, I had to find a more affordable solution and fast.
Finally an Affordable Alternative!
Since implementing this Backup Disaster Recovery (BDR) solution through a local Bay Area company several months ago, I’m now able to sleep nights. Here’s why:
- I’m getting a COMPLETE backup of all of my servers, not just the data.
- In addition, it takes system image snapshots hourly! Before, when I was doing only a nightly backup, I ran the risk of losing data for an entire day—now the most data I’m at risk of losing is an hour’s worth.
- I’m actually getting THREE backups: One to an onsite device, and two others to two secure offsite locations—one on the West Coast and one on the East Coast (after all, we do live in earthquake country!).
- In the event of a server failure, I can be back up and running in less than an hour (hence then name of this article). How? With a “flick of a switch”, the onsite backup device can take the latest local snapshot image of a failed server to become a local “virtualized” system to run my business!
I know this sounds great, but how much does this really cost? The local company that I’ve found provides all of this at less than ONE SIXTH the cost I was paying before! That’s almost an 85% percent savings each month! And in this economy, who can’t use that? Plus I now have the peace of mind of being able to recover from any unexpected disaster.
Call to Action
If you’re interested to learn, be sure to contact me and I’d be happy to put you in touch with the company I use. Given the alarming statistics mentioned earlier, I honestly believe that this is something that every small to medium business needs to consider. If nothing else, compare it against the cost of your current solution, and you might be surprised—like I was—on how much money you could be saving.
Tags: Backups, Customer Service, Productivity, Restore, Small Business