Data backup and recovery software is a necessity in the business world, but the most important factor of a disaster recovery strategy how much a solution costs, but how quickly it works. According to a survey by Backup My Info (BUMI), 98 percent of business owners and IT professionals feel that taking more than a single day to recover lost data is unacceptable, and base their recovery solutions on speed over cost or any other factor.
“Backing up your data is only the first step in protecting your organization. What really counts is how quickly and effectively you can recover your information,” Jennifer Walzer, CEO of BUMI, said in a release. “A common misconception is that once backups are put into place, you’re all set. Unfortunately, data backup is not a flawless process. Glitches occur and hardware fails. It’s important to routinely test backups so that you can catch problems before they become disasters, but most organizations just don’t have the time or resources.”
Despite the need for speed when it comes to disaster recovery software, the survey found that many businesses are unsure how data loss will affect them or how to best utilize their backup solutions. With 87 percent of respondents testing their recovery system less than weekly, and 28 percent unfamiliar with virtualization options that can simplify recovery, many businesses simply are not optimizing their backup and recovery systems.
In order to get the most from business continuity strategies, a company needs to ensure that its systems are always fully operational, its vital data is backed up on a consistent and timely schedule, and that it is utilizing the best possible technology for its unique needs. Only then can a business ensure that it can recover data following a disaster or system crash as quickly as possible and resume operations in a timely fashion.
Overall, every business needs a recovery plan. Only by establishing need, understanding the types of disasters that pose a threat, and thoroughly testing its chosen solution can a company ensure that it is not only prepared for data loss, but able to re-establish control over its operations and data swiftly afterward. This will enable the company to minimize loss and come out from a crisis on firm ground.