Why Is a Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan So Important for Your Business?

The average cost per hour of enterprise server downtime worldwide in 2019 was between 301,000 and 400,000 U.S. dollars according to a Statista survey. If your business is betting the odds you won’t need a backup and disaster recovery plan because you’ve never experienced significant downtime, that’s a bet you’ll lose.

You may have heard security experts say experiencing a natural or manmade disaster causing downtime is a matter of when, not if. But to drive that reality home, let’s look at why a backup and disaster recovery is so important to your business.

Defining BCDR and the Disaster Recovery Plan

Disaster recovery services are one part of a broader Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plan that relies on managed backup services. This provides an organization with system, application, and data recovery within an accepted recovery time, which may translate into hours or even days. The goal is to achieve the best RTO and minimize data loss by delivering a good (RPO where:

  • RTO is how much time an application or workload can be down without causing significant damage to the business (this includes the steps IT must take to restore applications and data)
  • RPO refers to the amount of data that can be lost before harming the business expressed in measurement of the difference in data between the downtime event and the most recent backup point.

Business Continuity is about maintaining access to IT resources after unexpected system and storage outages. A comprehensive BC strategy will offer near-instantaneous failover to redundant resources hosted onsite, offsite (such as a Tier III colocation facility), and in the cloud and include continuous data protection technologies.

Why You Need Managed Backup Services

Businesses in the digital age run on hardware, software (applications) and data. If access to any of these elements is lost, business operations cease and you’re officially in downtime. A disaster recovery plan ensures access to these elements is quickly restored in the event of a disaster whether it’s manmade such as a cyberattack or a natural disaster such as major power outage, flood, fire, etc. Some of the reasons you need backup and disaster recovery services include:

  • Maximizing business uptime and downtime costing thousands of dollars per minute
  • Freeing your IT team to handle other important tasks
  • Providing a proven and secure backup infrastructure designed to meet your specific needs thatis implemented, run, updated, monitored, and tested by an expert team
  • Lowering both Capex and Opex through service delivery that changes costly hardware and software investments and time-consuming installation for a regular monthly fee and controlled storage scaling to meet growing data and workload backup needs
  • Ensuring regulatory compliance and certification for sensitive data protection

Benefits of Managed Backup Services

A proven disaster recovery company brings strong relationships with a variety of cloud providers, software manufacturers, and colocation facilities to create custom storage plans. Their experienced IT specialists can create a customized automated backup system for your company’s data that encompasses:

  • Project management
  • Assessment
  • Technology implementation
  • Backup, recovery and overall security
  • Encryption
  • Transfer
  • Storage
  • Monitoring

This system streamlines BCDR by providing more flexible budgets, a single point person for internal IT that’s backed by an expert team to handle the process and augment your internal IT team when needed.

Cloud-based backup and synchronization (backup/sync) services provide automatic copying of data to remote storage systems. Besides a host of other benefits, this data recovery as a service (DRaaS) provides unprecedented flexibility, time savings, and cost savings.

Businesses must balance limited IT budgets and time with the crucial needs of data workload and application access. The right disaster recovery company can provide comprehensive data protection services that ensure your business has secure access to mission-critical data, applications, and workloads available under all circumstances without fail.

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