Do you have a stable server backup system in place?
At Burhani, we have the opportunity to ask this question to many small business owners, CIO’s and IT Managers – The response varies from helpless confusion to downright indignation.
Let’s be frank here: most small business (and even some mid-sized ones) backup systems leave much to be desired.
Think about your computer and server backup system. Which of the following best describes your situation:
- I have no idea what my backup and failure prevention systems are, and we rely on prayer beads and fortune cookies to warn of impending doom;
- I think we have a mirrored hard drive or something techie sounding;
- We do Quickbook backups every time it prompts, and they are stored… somewhere;
- We use offsite storage to backup our data;
- We have a full server/PC imaging system that not only allows us to quickly implement a virtual machine of a failed system, but it is also stored offsite in case of a catastrophic facility loss and it is monitored continuously for failures.
I hope we all agree that 1 & 2 are pretty bad ideas. However, 3 and 4 might be all you need. 5 is top-of-the-line.
- Gartner estimates that only 35 percent of SMBs have any comprehensive disaster recovery plan.
- Touche Ross estimates, the survival rate for organizations without a disaster recovery plan is < 10%
Disaster recovery is the process, policies and procedures related to preparing for recovery or continuation of technology infrastructure critical to an organization after a natural or human-induced disaster. Disaster recovery is a subset of business continuity. While business continuity involves planning for keeping all aspects of a business functioning in the midst of disruptive events, disaster recovery focuses on the IT or technology systems that support business functions. DR is complex and multifaceted but often the most simple things such as backup are ignored by small business owners.
Server & Data Backup
Backup is not optional. Backups should happen both on the server itself and the mission critical data it contains. Servers should always be backed up in two ways. Locally and then online. Local backup can be accomplished to an external local hard drive. Online backup is data backup using the Internet or the cloud and is a critical part of your disaster recovery efforts. Images of all required system software such as Operating System, Applications should be burned to ISO image files and included in these backups in both local and online forms.
This is one of the key benefits of investing in a virtualised server infrastructure.
Some Alarming Facts:
- 40% of Small and Medium Sized Businesses don’t back up their data at all
- 60% of all data is held on PC Desktops and laptops
- 40 – 50% of all backups are not fully recoverable and up to 60% of all backups fail in general
Unfortunately, often it takes a crisis–such as a natural disaster, a theft, or a system failure that wipes out a legacy of data–to motivate action.
Why Business Backup Solutions are needed ?
Data loss situations are real – we hear about and deal with them often. Most businesses don’t even think about business backup and recovery in the event of a disaster.
If your business runs on your IT – it would be a no-brainer to make an investment in a sound DR / Backup solution.
We hope that more small and mid-sized businesses take the initiative.