On-premise or cloud backup solution? That is the question. 64% of IT pros say a data loss event is literally a life-or-death situation for their small business. Every minute that a system (or application) is down, your business is losing money and using 100% of its IT resources to get it back. With many options available to build your proactive and reactive plans, here are four reasons why you would never consider a cloud backup solution.
- You prefer offsite data recovery so you can have more days off
According to IDC, 80% of small businesses have experienced downtime at some point, with costs ranging from $82,200 to $256,000 for a single event. While you may have perceived time off, the reality is it is going to cost you. It is estimated to cost a business $137 to $427 per minute to get back up and running. The same IDC study reveals that 61% of small businesses say that recovery times for these mission-critical applications must be four hours or less but, in reality, recovery often takes much longer (sometimes days or weeks).
- All of your employees are looking out for your best interest; you hire the smartest people who know everything about computers
In a study conducted by Carbonite and Spiceworks, actual risk factors are 65% man-made disasters, according to IT pros. These man-made disasters can range from spilling a glass of water to human error and are completely preventable circumstances. Technology malfunctions and human interventions make it hard to predict what will happen. Now that phishing attempts and ransomware are on the rise, employees are the weakest link.
- The tape deck in the trunk of your car is your safest back-up system
What if someone rear-ends you and the tape gets crushed?
Recently, Hurricane Matthew graced the East Coast of the United States with its presence. While many business are still rebuilding and working to get up and running, we can look to Hurricane Sandy, which hit the Northeast in 2012, to understand the business impact of a natural disaster. Damages from Hurricane Sandy were estimated at $30 to $50 billion and affected 8.5 million homes, according to IHS Global Insight, and brought to light many lessons for those impacted, as outlined in this Wall Street Journal article. One lesson is that two alternative data center recovery sites are ideal. Many businesses had their primary data center in New York, with a back-up in New Jersey—both of which were compromised by the massive storm. If you are a smaller business and can’t afford a secondary data center, you may consider a cloud-based solution that is more cost effective.
- You hire round-the-clock security to make sure your onsite data center is secure.
While data loss is no laughing matter, data theft and cybersecurity threats are another issue entirely. Data centers should be built like fortresses, with 24/7 monitoring and utility backup plans. An onsite data warehouse should have closed circuit television (CCTV), limited entry points and door controls with no windows (if possible) and a low-key appearance. This may be expensive, particularly for a small to medium-sized business (SMB) to maintain.
For an SMB, the cost of on-premise backup with a remote location data center can be costly. Many businesses are considering a hybrid option as it provides the best of both worlds. Cloud backup solutions can help alleviate costly business downtime in the case of a catastrophic event like a hurricane, or even more common, human error. We can train our employees to the best of our ability, but you can never totally mitigate the risk of a preventable circumstance. Be sure that you hedge against your risk with predictable solutions and reputable vendors to help you in your most vulnerable time of need.
About the Author
Laura Vanassche is currently a Marketing Strategist for Tech Data, where she helps cloud and software partners in the IT channel access vendor and distribution resources. Tech Data is one of the world’s largest distributors of technology products, services, and solutions. Learn more at www.TechData.com
International Data Corporation: The Growth Opportunity for SMB Cloud and Hybrid Business Continuity Sponsored by: Carbonite, by Raymond Boggs, Christopher Chute & Laura DuBois; April 2015