As companies of all sizes continue to produce and store more data with each passing year, it’s no secret that their reliance on the value and insight contained in the information is also growing. According to a recent Computer Technology Review report, it’s time decision-makers recognize this, as well as its effect on the need for business continuity planning.
Enterprise data faces myriad risks, any one of which can cut an organization off from the information it requires for both daily and long-term operations.
“We are surrounded in our lives by data, both personally and professionally, and it’s easy to take it for granted. When it comes to your business-critical data, you cannot afford to take chances,” contributor Margaret Dawson wrote for the news provider. “Backup [and] disaster recovery is something every company should be doing.”
In citing Forrester Research analysis, the CTR report noted that power failure is the most common IT disaster. That was followed by IT hardware failure, network failure, winter storms, and floods to round out the top five.
As a result of these disasters, organizations are knocked offline and forced to deal with downtime – a dreaded period where operations stall and little, if anything, can be accomplished. Extended downtime can be especially damaging for an organization, and can even go so far as to doom smaller organizations.
But this doesn’t have to be the case, according to CTR. All it takes is robust backup and recovery software combined with a well-crafted strategy.
Given the emergence of new technologies, companies today have several options for backing up mission-critical information. One such approach is a hybrid method that combines more traditional on-premise hardware and software with services hosted in the cloud.