Technology platforms that run a modern business are often taken for granted. Workers arrive in the morning, log in to their PC, open up their business application, and begin their workday. For the most part, these events go on day-by-day, without much consideration taken regarding where they live, what they run on, and where their data is stored. This is all well and good, and is the intention of corporate infrastructure technology – to be completely transparent to the end user experience.
Imagine, if you will, that the day comes when suddenly you cannot log in, cannot load your applications, and cannot access business data. What would happen if the data that operates your business (applications, shared files, databases, websites, security controllers) completely disappeared? Would you be able to continue your daily operations? Would you be able to sustain revenue? What would you do without all your corporate documents, accounting information, or inventory data? What if payroll was due tomorrow?
This is referred to as a Disaster Scenario. Billions are spent by companies each year planning and testing for situations involving the loss if IT infrastructure and data. Each and every contingency plan for a disaster has a key requirement: the process of backing up and securing important data. Backups provide a fallback when a primary device is lost, and grants a business a point in time to recover to. Backups ultimately have the potential to save a business in a worst case scenario. While most businesses perform basic levels of backups, the last decade has shown us what can happen if only the bare minimum of backup operations provide.
Disasters such as hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, fires, floods, or physical destruction from attack revealed weak points for corporate disaster scenarios – failure to diversify geographical location. Local backups worked great for local recovery, but when a flood strikes, the safe deposit box at the bank can’t save your data if it’s a mile down the road and in the same flood zone.
To rectify this situation, many backup companies are now offering low monthly rates and easy consumer solutions to copy critical data over to highly secure data centers. These datacenters are typically far away enough that any form of localized disaster will have no effect, and grants a business peace of mind knowing their data is in a repository hundreds of miles away. Cloud based backups are the next step in securing your critical business data.
Ardham provides businesses with regularly-recurring services that will verify the integrity of your backups. We also partner with a variety of vendors and software suites that provide backup solutions, both local and cloud-based. Contact us today to inquire about protecting your critical data.