At Computers Nationwide, it’s our goal to make sure our clients experience maximum uptime and are prepared for any disaster that may happen. Yes, we’re talking about disaster recovery! Does your business regularly backup important data? Do you have a data recovery plan in place in case a disaster hits?
Most businesses think “It will never happen to us”, but these days SMB’s can’t survive with that type of thinking. Your business MUST have a backup system in place and a disaster protection recovery plan figured out ahead of time! Let’s work together to ensure your SMB is utilizing all the innovative tools that our network partners have to offer. Being proactive is the key to success!
“According to promising results from a Unitrends’ 2019 survey, 84 percent of all businesses store data or backups in the cloud, with a further eight percent planning to do so within the next year. Small enterprises have a higher adoption rate of cloud technology, with 93 percent of companies using it. This is compared to 82 percent of mid-sized businesses and 81 percent of large businesses. Using cloud backup offers a number of advantages including ease of access and affordability.
The report also found that cloud-based Disaster Recovery-as-a-Software (DRaaS) will be used by 59 percent of businesses by 2021. Currently, 36 percent of businesses use this, and a further 23 percent plan to add the technology within the next year.” Comparitech
CN is a firm believer in taking precautions now to prevent disasters in the future. One key practice to protect your business, private data, and other important information is by backing up your equipment. We’ve partnered with several industry leading companies that are the go-to solutions for data protection and disaster recovery for our clients:
While many SMBs already have backup systems in place for their in-office machines, remote work devices have been forgotten. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
In this blog, we share expert advice from our partners at StorageCraft explaining why Backup and Disaster Recovery as a Service is a MUST for all SMBs in this digital world…
“2020 was quite a year. What with so many natural disasters, like the busiest hurricane season on record and a massive rise in cyberattacks. In fact, DarkReading says there were more cyberattacks in the first half of 2020 than in all of 2019, including a huge rise in ransomware attacks. If you’re an IT pro and protecting your data isn’t keeping you up at night, you probably already have a solid backup and disaster recovery (DR) solution in place. If you don’t fall into that category read on to learn how Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) may help you sleep soundly.
Downtime Is Expensive: You’ve most likely seen the statistics. Downtime costs a ton. And it’s getting worse. Aberdeen’s recent “Stat of the Week” says the cost of downtime has skyrocketed 60 percent since their report from the previous year when they pegged it at $164,000 per hour of downtime for all businesses, and $215,000 per hour for medium-sized businesses. Wherever your business fits on that spectrum, the stats make it clear that you need to put a solution in place that keeps downtime to a minimum. That’s where DRaaS comes in.
Do-It-Yourself Is Costly: For businesses large and small, building out your data center for disaster recovery can be expensive. Add up all the equipment and software you’ll need, plus the expertise to make sure it works properly, and DRaaS starts to look very attractive. But DRaaS isn’t one size fits all. Look for a DRaaS solution that lets you customize your disaster recovery services to fit both your business needs and your budget.
Finding the Right DRaaS Solution: While you may have both onsite and offsite backups—as we recommend in our update to the traditional 3-2-1 backup rule—cloud-based DRaaS, like StorageCraft Cloud Services, gives you access to your data from anywhere, at any time. The StorageCraft cloud was built specifically for disaster recovery—highly distributed, scalable, and fault-tolerant. So you can count on 99.999 percent uptime, no matter what. While uptime is critical, there are other things to consider, too.
Customization is first on the list. Look for a DRaaS solution that fits your needs, whether your IT environment is simple and small, or big and complex. You should be able to control your cloud settings so you can manage your costs and be confident that your budget is predictable, even if disaster does strike.
Flexibility and Control: Flexibility should also be a must-have on your DRaaS list. Your selected solution should centrally manage and monitor all of your cloud accounts through an easy-to-use, self-service online portal. That control should extend to include privacy and security measures that ensure only authorized people can access stored backup images, as well as complete control over networking for seamless failover during a disaster—without third-party intervention. And you should be able to recover everything—from files and folders to machine virtualization to instant failover of an entire site and network.
Advanced Recovery Options: For some companies, it may make sense to consider features that let you run your network in the cloud, just like you’d run it onsite. That makes it possible for you to immediately get back up and running, no matter what happens to your data center. Another option to consider is one-click failover. StorageCraft Cloud Premium Services lets you use Virtual Machine Policy to configure the sequence, order, and timing for each of your mission-critical systems. Even better, it lets you test or start a site-wide failover process with a single button click.
Find the Right Service Level for You: StorageCraft has built out a suite of available cloud service levels that range from secure offsite storage of critical business backups with full-system restore to instant virtualization of your systems and data in the cloud. So there’s likely to be one that’s a good fit for your company. Every service level offering also includes a mirroring option (U.S. only), so your data can be copied and safely stored remotely, in real-time.”
“Your business is under attack. But, of course, you already knew that. The numbers don’t lie: According to the Cyberthreat Defense Report, 81 percent of respondents said their networks were breached last year. Even worse, a record 62 percent were compromised by ransomware. And most paid the ransom! But that’s just the human side of potential threats. Last year set a record for hurricanes in the U.S., with 30 named storms during the Atlantic hurricane season causing an estimated $60 billion in damages. While individuals may have borne the brunt of those costs, thousands of businesses were also hurt or destroyed.
Regardless of what malicious humans or Mother Nature throws at your business, you need to be able to keep things running or face serious consequences. That’s where Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) comes into play. DRaaS is a third-party service that replicates the systems, data, and applications from your on-premises network to other devices or clouds so they can be recovered and restored.
Here are a few good reasons you should specifically consider cloud-based DRaasS for your business.
1. Less Complexity: Maintaining your infrastructure—keeping everything patched and running smoothly—is already hard enough. Add in all of the details behind backup and disaster recovery (BDR)—target machines, backup regimens, scheduling, and more—and things get even more complicated. BDR cloud services make everything simpler. And offloading your BDR to a DRaaS provider everything gets simpler still. Solutions like StorageCraft Cloud Services let you centrally manage your cloud backups via an easy-to-use, self-service online portal. And you can easily configure the recovery sequence, order, and timing for each of your mission-critical systems. Simple.
2. Lower Costs: Building your own offsite BDR solution often doesn’t make economic sense. Consider the expense of leasing space for a secondary data center alone. Then there are the ongoing costs of power, cooling, and connectivity. And that doesn’t include buying servers, storage, and network equipment for your secondary site. With DRaaS, all of that goes away. And you’ll never face a forklift upgrade for your BDR systems again.
3. Unmatched Scalability: We’ve all seen the data points about the exponential growth of data being generated. That’s one side effect of digital transformation. If you’ve built a secondary site for your backups, you’re likely to need to keep adding storage over time to keep up. With DRaaS, you have virtually unlimited scalability in the cloud at your fingertips.
4. Faster Failover: DRaaS services also offer advanced networking features that let you run your network in the cloud—exactly as you’d run it onsite. StorageCraft Cloud Services even features the patented ability to pre-stage site-wide failover processes so you can test or execute a failover process by clicking a single button.
5. Total Business Continuity: The best DRaaS solutions ensure that your on-premises business systems and data are always protected in a cloud purpose-built for business continuity. They also let you recover everything from files and folders to your entire site and network without missing a beat. Take a look at the first paragraph of this post again. Then compare those costs and consequences to the cost of putting a DRaaS solution in place. For many businesses, DRaaS is the obvious answer.”
- 40-60% of small businesses won’t reopen after data loss.
- The annualized failure rate of hard drives for the third quarter of 2020 was 0.89%.
- Small businesses are set back $8,000 for an hour of downtime.
- The average cost of downtime for large enterprises is more than $11,600 per minute.
- Data loss stats show that the average cost of downtime for companies of all sizes is almost $4,500/minute.
- Detecting breaches takes around 206 days.
- The average cost of compromised data in 2020 was $3.86 million.
- 2,013 data breaches occurred in 2019 alone.
- In 40% of the cases, the reason for data loss is a hardware failure.
- Human error is the cаuse of information loss in 29% of cases.
Don’t become a statistic! Not sure which Backup and Disaster Recovery is the best method for your SMB? Fortunately, it’s now easier than ever to protect your company’s internal files, client data, and devices – even for remote work machines. Let the IT professionals at Computers Nationwide guide the way!
There are a variety of solutions available from our incredible network partners! Our partners’ innovative backup and data recovery solutions will allow you to focus on running your business smoothly while we take care of the IT work behind the scenes.
Interested in learning more about backing up your data and protecting your business from disasters?
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