Could your business survive an outage where you lost access to critical applications and data? Many cannot, but very few businesses pay close attention to how they can better prepare themselves for an outage. The statistics will vary, but most suggest that less than half of all businesses have disaster recovery planning in place. One Gartner survey had it at 35%. Some businesses do not have the means and others see it as a luxury rather than a necessity.
However, a single hour of downtime could cost a company as much as $90,000 in lost productivity and sales. How long could your company afford to be down at that rate? Here are three scenarios where disaster recovery with a viable server backup solution and adequate testing is essential:
Mother Nature Can Be Cruel
September is right at the heart of hurricane season, and although experts predict a weak season, the possibility of a natural disaster is always there. A natural disaster could cause power failure, structural damage and other negative effects that could impact your business. Do you need extra motivation? Pick up a copy of the newspaper and you'll read about extreme weather occurrences in our nation all year-round. 80% of businesses that suffer a significant outage from a natural disaster close for good.
We Are All Human
Because we are all human, we all make mistakes. Accidentally deleting a critical piece of data could be detrimental to a business's operations. Mismanaging a device or a configuration error could result in a network outage. It's for these reasons that adequate data backup and disaster recovery planning is necessary to negate our manmade mistakes.
Technology Fails Too
Your network consists of many different components – all of which you need to be running correctly at all times. A single glitch could disrupt your whole network. For example, 23% of all network outages are due to router failure according to one Cisco report. Hardware failure is by far the number one cause for an outage among companies, and one that can affect anyone.
Given the consequences and potential for an outage, it's important for businesses of kinds to look into disaster recovery services. It might mean the difference between the life and death of your company. We encourage you to contact our network experts today to learn how we can help you stay protected against an outage.