Business continuity is about sweating the small stuff

Business continuity is about sweating the small stuff

July 25

When it comes to protecting a business from disaster, the small things are what matter. However, paying attention to close details doesn’t have to give business continuity planners a headache.

Many businesses think they are prepared for a crisis, be it a natural disaster or system crash that causes data loss. However, the annual State of Storage Survey by Information Week shows that only 38 percent of businesses have disaster recovery processes and test them regularly.

Addressing common risks, such as power loss or data corruption, is often low on a business’ priority list as it implements disaster recovery software. According to the news source, terrorist attacks, earthquakes, and hurricanes are far more commonly cited reasons for backing up data. However, these scenarios are also far less likely to occur. When it comes to data loss, power loss and data corruption are two primary culprits that a business needs to watch out for, despite being much smaller than a natural disaster.

Component failure

Data loss often doesn’t occur because an entire network goes down, but because one small component does. It may only affect a handful of workers if one server blade crashes, but that is still data loss that costs the business profits. Preparing for component failure requires attention to not only the backup schedule of data, but the state of hardware throughout the office as well. Regular maintenance can keep servers, computers, and other systems running smoothly, minimizing the risk of a crash.

Human error

Simple mistakes are one of the leading causes of data loss. While overcoming human error may seem difficult, it is actually simpler than most businesses think. By investing in reliable backup and recovery software that automates storage, then implementing a rigorous backup schedule, a business can ensure that even if an employee accidentally deletes a file on Friday, it has a recent backup to pull from that may only set the company back to Thursday evening.

With any business, protecting critical data is a no-brainer. However, choosing data backup is another case. By exploring various options and ensuring the choice, be it a backup hard drive system or cloud solution, meets the operational needs of every part of the company, a business can rest easy knowing that its data is protected and recoverable should anything happen.