With spring in full swing, severe weather has become the norm across much of North America. Heavy rains across whole swaths of the Plains, major flooding and large hail in Texas, wildfires in Kansas and Oklahoma, and even April snow in New England all remind us that the change of seasons also brings the potential for damaging storms.
Such natural threats can have a major impact on small to medium-sized businesses. Severe weather can knock out power, deliver serious floods, or otherwise damage infrastructure enough to knock a company off its feet. And no matter what the cause of a disaster, if the outcome is data loss, your business could suffer.
Consider these statistics:
- 30% of all businesses will experience a natural disaster, according to The National Federation of Independent Businesses
- 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within six months, according to the National Archives & Records Administration
- 93% of businesses that lost their data for ten or more days due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year, according to the National Archives & Records Administration
- 95% of PCs are not adequately backed up, meaning regular, remote, and redundant data back up isn’t conducted on a daily basis
There is hope, though — complete data protection and continuity is possible. With a trusted IT provider and a solid backup and disaster recovery plan in place, you can rest easy knowing that your business can weather any storm. Below are some of the most important questions to ask about simplicity, safety, and security when it comes to data backup and disaster recovery.
4 Questions you should ask your IT Provider to make sure your Data is Safe from a Disaster
1) How frequently do you need your information “snapshotted”?
Otherwise known as Recovery Point, this effectively determines how much data you’re willing to lose in case of a disaster. If you back up at the end of every day, say, you could lose a whole day’s worth of data if systems go down. Back up every hour, though, and you only stand to lose 60 minutes worth of work.
2) How long can your business go without access to its data?
Otherwise known as Recovery Time, this effectively determines when you need your information and systems back up and running after a disaster. A good IT partner will work to meet this Recovery Time, no matter what — as the statistics above indicate, getting back to business as quickly as possible can mean the difference between staying in business and shutting your doors.
3) How much data do you have to protect?
To answer this question, you’ll need to take all of your devices, systems, applications, and employees into consideration. Sometimes the answer will be much greater than expected, which might require a more thorough backup solution.
4) How secure are the offerings?
When it comes to data backup, storage, and transmission, industry and government standards can be quite strict. At CMIT Solutions, our backup and disaster recovery solution complies with all rules to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your data. In addition, our privacy and security standards exceed the requirements of heavily regulated industries like health care and finance. And we rely on encryption levels that are state of the art.
Businesses need to rely on data backup and disaster recovery for more than just convenience — often, a good solution is necessary for survival after the worst catastrophes. CMIT Solutions provides a simple, secure, and safe way to protect your data and your business. Our locally owned and operated franchisees are backed by a national network of business and technical experts, each standing ready to assist whenever disaster strikes. If you want to know more about our 24/7 service and promise to keep your business running no matter what, contact us today.