What is a Backup Disaster Recovery (BDR)?
The most basic definition is a combination of data backup and disaster recovery solutions that are designed to work together to ensure uptime, diminish data loss, and maximise productivity in the midst of a Cyber- attack, natural disaster, or other compromising situation. In other words, BDR solutions keep businesses safe when trouble strikes.
According to research by Security Week, the total volume of data loss at the enterprise level has increased more than 400 percent over the past couple of years and the trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.
IT Web suggests that the total cost of data breaches will be more than $2.1 trillion by 2019. This is in part due to the fact that smaller businesses don’t always take security seriously. They wrongly assume that it’s the big corporations that face the highest risks. Unfortunately, this is a false assumption.
A Verizon report says that small data breaches — those with fewer than 100 files lost — cost between $18,120 and $35,730. Unless these are expenses that you can easily sustain, it’s time to implement a BDR plan.
Five reasons why businesses need a BDR plan.
Let’s review some of the top benefits to give you an idea of why these solutions are so important to the health of your business:
1. Protects against effects of natural disasters. Whether it’s a flood, earthquake, hurricane, blizzard, or other extreme natural disaster, there are plenty of uncontrollable circumstances that can cause your business to experience downtime. While a BDR plan won’t prevent a natural disaster from occurring, it will protect your data and ensure that downtime doesn’t compromise your company.
2. Lessens impact of cyber attacks. As more and more data is moved online, cyber criminals are increasing their efforts and focusing on businesses that they believe are unprotected. In most cases, this means small businesses that appear vulnerable. Once again, a BDR plan can limit the impact of an attack and can prevent your business from losing valuable data.
3. Keeps client data safe. Do you store a lot of confidential client or customer data? If so, you can’t afford to lose this data or let it slip into the wrong hands. A BDR plan ensures that all of this information is properly stored and controlled. As a result, you don’t have to worry about damaging your brand reputation, should an unforeseeable incident arise.
4. People make mistakes. While natural disasters and cyber-attacks are discussed more than anything else, the reality is that your own employees are sometimes responsible for the biggest data losses. Mistakes happen and a single poor choice can end up compromising data. That’s why it’s so important for businesses not only to train employees properly, but also invest in backup solutions.
5. Systems fail. Finally, we all know that hardware, machines, and other systems fail. Regardless of how much you spend on your technology, no solution is perfect. Even systems that come with 99.9 percent uptime guarantees will falter every once in a while. As such, businesses must invest in robust BDR plans that account for all of these risks.
What to look for in a BDR solution.
Once you determine that your business needs a BDR plan in place, how do you find the right solution? While every business is different, start by analysing the following:
- Hardware compatibility. Depending on the hardware that your business uses, you may need a BDR solution that’s specifically tailored to your current setup. Keep this in mind as you compare options.
- Scalable pricing. As your business grows over time, you’re going to collect and store more data. A flexible pricing model will allow you cost-effectively to scale according to your demands.
- Around-the-clock support. You never know when disaster will strike. Make sure that your BDR vendor has 24/7/365 technical support available.
- Strong reputation. Finally, it’s important to consider the BDR solution’s reputation. How long has it been on the market? What do customers say?
Protect your business.
Nobody wants to assume that something bad is going to happen to their business – and hopefully you’ll never be exposed to any of the risks highlighted in this article – but the harsh reality is that you’ll likely face one of these issues at some point in the future. There’s no way to prevent a cyber-attack, natural disaster, technical malfunction or uncontrollable human error, but you can protect your business from costly data loss by investing in a solution that aids in data backup and disaster recovery.
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Sign up to our Managed IT services and we’ll ensure that we constantly monitor your IT systems, so that we know everything about your IT set up and what’s needed to make it run smoothly. We use Proactive Endpoint Management software to give us a complete and constant overview of your IT, which means, that should the worst happen and if anything does go wrong, we are able to deal with any problems that may arise in a proactive, efficient manner resolving problems before they affect your business. We also regularly review your management plan and develop technical strategies to cope with expansion or new commitments.
Our monitoring operation runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and we are connected remotely to all your equipment and devices, so if there’s a fault – we are alerted. If your server develops a problem, for example, we get to it and fix it before it causes you any difficulty. All our monitoring systems are 100% secure, so safety and confidentiality is guaranteed.
We also complete regular health checks of your IT equipment, as well as ensuring all the latest updates are loaded and installed and that your devices are running as efficiently as possible.
Contact us today on 0117 3250370 now to find out how our Managed IT services and our robust state of the art disaster and recovery back up solutions, can help give you peace of mind and solve your current IT issues or concerns and find out how we can help you develop and deliver your BDR plan so that your company and its data stays protected and safe, should the worst happen.