Would your business survive a data disaster?

Posted by in Disaster Recovery

Have you ever seen a screen saying:

“Imminent Hard Disk Failure”

or

“Operating System Not Found”

More often than not these two messages can mean the end of a business.  According to a study by the US Small Business Administration, 70 percent of small firms that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year.

When businesses experience a disaster and have no emergency plan, 43 percent never reopen; of those that do reopen, only 29 percent are still operating two years later.

What this means is most small businesses have failed to protect their data from loss, theft, and disaster.  Data loss is a huge problem since your data is your business. Consider how your business would be effected if you lost access to your data systems, including:

  • Customer databases
  • Staff records
  • Supplier details
  • Invoices
  • Tax Records
  • Product catalogs
  • Sales and Marketing materials
  • Emails

Most businesses have insurance to protect your business assets.  The same ideas apply to your data. Your data is important and needs to be protected from all possible damage scenarios.

The SBA recommends small business owners always make back-up copies of all tax, accounting, payroll and production records and customer data on computer hard drives, and store their records at an offsite location at least 100 miles away.

With a solid disaster recovery plan, including an offsite backup solution, it is possible to get back online within minutes.  There is no reason any small business owner should ever lose their business to a data disaster.

If you need help developing a disaster recovery plan, contact us today and ask us how.