Little-Known Facts and Insider Secrets Every Business Owner Should Know About Backing Up Their Data and Choosing a Remote Backup Service.

If your data is important to you, you can’t afford to lose it.

Have you ever lost an hour of work on your computer?

Now imagine:

  • If you lost days or weeks of work,
  • Losing your client database, financial records, and all of the work files your company has ever produced or compiled.
  • What would happen if your network went down for days and you couldn’t access e-mail or the information on your PC.
  • If a major storm, flood, earthquake, or fire destroyed your office and all of your files?
  • If a virus wiped out your server!

How devastating would that be?

Do you have an emergency recovery that you’re confident about?

How quickly do you think your business could recover, if at all? 

If you don’t have positive answers to these questions, or a rock-solid disaster recovery plan in place, you’re playing “Russian Roulette” with your business. With the number of increasing threats it’s not a matter of if you will have a problem, but rather a matter of when.

“But That Could Never Happen To Me!”

After working with over 100 small- and mid-size businesses in the Portland/ Vancouver area, we found that 6 out of 10 businesses will experience some sort of major network or technology disaster.

Plus it will end up costing them between $9,000 and $60,000 in repairs and restoration costs on average. That doesn’t even include lost productivity, sales, and client goodwill can be damaged when your company can’t operate or fulfill on its promises due to technical problems.

While it may be difficult to determine the actual financial impact data loss could have on your business, you can’t deny the fact that it would have a major negative effect.

But I Already Back Up My Data.”

If you are like most business owners, you were smart enough to set up a tape backup. But did you know?

The average failure rate for a tape backup is 100%   – All tape backups fail at some point in time!

But what’s really dangerous is that most companies don’t realize this until it’s too late!

In almost every case, these businesses had some type of backup system in place, but unfortunately discovered it wasn’t working when they needed it most.

While you should maintain a local backup of your data, a tape backup won’t offer you protection if:

  • Your tape drive malfunctions, rendering it useless and making it impossible to restore your data. (IMPORTANT: It is very common for a tape drive to malfunction without giving any warning signs.)
  • Your office, and everything in it, gets destroyed by a fire, flood, earthquake, hurricane, tornado, or other natural disaster.
  • The physical tapes you are backing up your data to become corrupted due to heat or mishandling.
  • A virus spoils the data stored on the tape drive. Some of the more aggressive viruses not only corrupt the data, but they don’t allow anyone to access it on the drive.
  • Someone in your office accidentally formats the tape, erasing everything on it.
  • Theft – A disgruntled employee intentionally erases everything, or a thief breaks in and steals ALL of your equipment.
  • A faulty sprinkler system “floods” all of your electronic equipment.

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