I’m always surprised by the statistics which suggest more than 50% of companies have little or no backup strategy. Whether it is reluctance to new technology, perceived lack of threat to their computers or servers, or the misconception that backup is too expensive, many companies decide to forego off-site backup, thus opening the door for catastrophic data loss.
Take AVSIM for example. AVSIM, a leading website dedicated to the flight simulation community focusing mainly on Microsoft’s Flight Simulator program, recently had their two servers hacked and their site brought down. The company had no external backup system. Thirteen years of hard work and success where instantly wiped out.
“Yes, we dutifully backed up our servers every day,” the site’s founder said. “Unfortunately, we backed up the servers between our two servers. The hacker took out both servers, destroying our ability to use one or the other back-up to remedy the situation.” As of right now, AVSIM founder fears that the company may never recover from their data loss.
While we don’t wish disaster upon anyone, the truth is, disasters happen. Accidentally deleting a file, contracting a virus, or being the victim of a hacker can ruin your business in minutes. Unfortunately, stories like that of AVSIM’s are occurring more and more. I’ve made sure my friends and family have a backup plan, and so should you!
If you’re like most businesses, you’re probably looking for ways to cut costs wherever you can. Whether it’s waiting to refresh hardware, reducing workforces, or changing your IT workflow, businesses are feeling the effects of our current economic climate in the way they operate.
Citing a recent webinar by Gartner analyst Kurt Potter, Shane Schick of ITWorld Canada notes that companies should exercise caution before making drastic changes in an effort to cut costs, especially in their IT environments. Some cost-cutting measures can actually harm a business when it comes to the delivery of their products or services. Potter states, “You need to build competencies and discipline around cost optimization.”
One vital aspect of any business is the protection and storage of critical customer and business data. So how do you protect what’s most important with reduced resources? Schick says that being willing to embrace emerging technologies is one way to effectively reduce cost and increase productivity.
Instead of backing up your business information with traditional on-site storage, which many times requires expensive hardware, setup fees and constant monitoring, you could use Mozy’s online backup solution. Not only will this save you money on power, infrastructure, and physical space, but it will also save you time and resources, which is priceless for any business.
The great part about Mozy is, you still get the highest in security standards. With files transferred and stored in encrypted states, you will never have to worry about the integrity or security of your data. Even if you move offices or lose systems to theft, viruses, hard drive crash, or natural disaster, your critical information is securely stored and accessible when you need it.