Backup and Recovery is essentially Business Data Insurance.  There is an upfront cost, and generally a monthly cost for offsite storage.  And like home owner’s insurance it’ll protect you in case of a disaster.  The home for most people is the largest investment, and as such people protect it from fire, flood, and disasters.  Your business gives you the ability to afford your home, your car, your boat — it only makes sense to get Business Data Insurance doesn’t it?

Loss of data is a common problem for businesses.  Fortunately, it’s a problem that can be easily avoided with the correct preparation.  If you don’t have your crucial data backed up, even a small situation can turn into a disaster.

If you still think natural disasters are the leading causes of data loss – and the chances of it happening to you are pretty slim, take a look at the results from a study by Strategic Research Corporation of the leading causes of disaster recovery incidents:

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• Hardware Failures (servers, switches, disk drives, etc) – 44%
• Human Error (mistakes in configurations, wrong commands issued, etc) – 32%
• Software Errors (operating systems, driver compatibility, etc) – 14%
• Viruses and Security Breach (unprotected systems are always at risk) – 7%
• Natural Disasters – 3%

You don’t know when something will happen to your data and severely affect your business.  Take the necessary steps BEFORE it does happen.  Get Business Data Insurance, back your data up locally and also off-site.  Test your backups on a regular basis.  It serves no purpose to back your data up if it cannot be restored.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.