iStock_000019994531XSmallFor businesses, data is like power for a manufacturing plant. Without it, they can’t produce.

Facts about Major Data Failures

Catastrophes don’t happen too often, but sprinkler system malfunctions, electrical fires, and other problems can destroy your servers.

Even if insurance pays for all the structural damage, etc., losing data for extended periods of time can destroy any firm. Some data is simply not replicable. Moreover, lost productivity can tip the balance sheet too far in the red. According to the National Archives & Records Administration in Washington, “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, and 50% filed for bankruptcy immediately.”

You Have Backup Options

Backup services come in two different packages.

Files, Applications, and Folders

Select crucial files, applications, and folders to push to the cloud. Then, if your server shuts down, you can manually move the data back.

Imaging

The server automatically takes pictures of itself. The images are then sent directly to the cloud for storage. If a server malfunctions, the service provider brings one of those images over to you, and you can reboot the system.

You choose how often the images are taken, so you control the amount of data you use. It isn’t necessary to devote your company to a single backup.

Stepping onto the Cloud

To continue operating, some firms prefer to move their information in segments. One client of ours is moving information to the cloud because their server has approximately one year to live. They’re moving their data incrementally, selecting the critical volumes first. In another six months, they’ll decide whether they want to invest in new hardware or take a step further.

Your intellectual property is your business. Backups are not only crucial, they need to be stored in the safest environment – the cloud.

Category: Atlanta IT Service Articles, Date: 30th November 2012, Author: Chris Chao

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