Why does my business need Backup and Disaster Recovery?

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Why does my business need Backup and Disaster Recovery? 

Most business owners agree that a comprehensive insurance package is essential, and should anything go wrong, they’d want to keep their doors open and be back on their feet as quickly as possible. But you’d be surprised how many businesses leave their data recovery up to chance: and data loss can have a similarly devastating impact on a company’s livelihood. 1 in 5 companies doesn’t even have a disaster recovery plan. (Source: FEMA) 

We get it. Human beings are naturally optimistic, and even the most conscientious and safety-conscious people experience blindspots where they fail to see a risk.   

Think about it this way, if your server went down, how quickly would you recover? Do you have the assurance of minimal downtime? Do you run regular backups that would prevent serious issues? Data loss can have a profound impact on your business, affecting everything from productivity and profitability to customer service and your brand’s reputation, so it’s worth having a backup plan.  

What is Backup and Disaster Recovery or BDR? 

BDR is the process of getting your IT and digital infrastructure back up and running in the event of a disaster. Some businesses have a backup, but in the event of a disaster, such as a server failure, they often underestimate or are not aware of how long it can take to repair/replace the failed hardware and then restore the backup. When assessing what BDR solution is right for your business, you should consider what Recovery Time Objective (RTO) best fits the needs of your business i.e. How much downtime is acceptable to the business, and also what your Recovery Point Objective (RPO) should be i.e. how often your backups run – these could be anything from every 15mins to once a day, and will determine how much data you may lose in the event of a disaster.  

 For more information on how BDR practically works, check out our video.  

What are the benefits of BDR? 

A BDR solution offers you peace of mind and the assurance that you’re covered in the event of a disaster. In a fast-changing IT landscape, it’s also vital to consider shifting your Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery efforts from merely responsive to proactive. Having a plan in place reassures everyone from employees, to partners and customers. 

Other benefits include:  

Fast recovery of all data – easily accessed remotely on a 24/7 basis: which ensures productivity, profitability and uptime. This is particularly risky for SMEs who statistically do not fare well in these situations, with 9 out of 10 failing within the following year if they cannot restore their operations within five days after the disaster. The takeaway – speed is of the essence.  

Potential massive cost savings – mitigating the risk of the enormous expenses incurred from a data loss where no backup solution exists.  

Security as standard – cloud backup services offer advanced security features that ensure your data is compliant and protected, including advanced encryption and multiple authentication layers. They also offer better protection from Ransomware attacks, as the backups are stored on a separate network. 

Stay ahead of the competition – if you can get back up and running quickly, you can offer your customer’s better continuity and service than your competitors.  

Ensure a better employee experience –  employees feel more significant anxiety than ever before, with many experiencing burnout from long running remote working. Suppose their employer can quickly and easily reconnect them to vital files, folders and emails in the event of a disaster. In that case, this is a far less stressful experience and helps preserve a more positive culture.  

What are the risks of not having it? 

Covid-19 provides an excellent recent example; suddenly, businesses had to mobilise to ensure their employees could work from home due to lockdown measures. Companies that already had a solid BDR strategy in place could more easily accommodate these changes. Similarly, if there were a flood or fire that damaged your on-site servers, those businesses who ran regular cloud backups would be able to restore their environment remotely, with almost no downtime. For those using just manual backups, this can be a lengthy and incomplete process.  

Downtime is also costly, with research suggesting a downtime incident can cost anywhere from approximately £7,000 per hour for smaller businesses to more than £4.3 million per hour for enterprises (Source: Datto). 

And while the risk of a natural disaster can seem like a distant and hypothetical concept, it’s worth noting that network outages and human error account for 50% and 45% of downtime, respectively. Meanwhile, natural disasters account for just 10% of downtime. (Source: Datto).  

We back up everything on-site. Isn’t that the same as BDR? 

They’re two very different things. Backup is the manual process of transferring files, which are then stored separately away from your main servers, typically on physical NAS or USB drives. There are two major drawbacks: this process is slow and resource-heavy, so likely to prolong downtime. The other major flaw is that it doesn’t include any standby server provisioning – Robust BDR solutions, not only back-up all your data, they also have the facility to host and run your servers in the cloud, so even with failed hardware, your business can carry on running, whilst the hardware is repaired/replaced.  

How can it work for my business? 

We’re experienced in helping businesses achieve a secure, fast and hassle-free backup through our BDR service.  

We’ll take care of installation and setup, and from this point forward, your servers will be continually backed up into the Cloud. This means copies of your data will be transferred to a purpose-built data centre. We also test the backups regularly so you know they will work whenever needed.  

Our BDR service is secure, with data encrypted at AES-256 bit bank-grade encryption – and fast, as once we have the first copy of the data, only amended or brand-new data is transferred each time. The result is an exact server replica that can be accessed in a timely manner, minimising business disruption in the event of an incident or outage.  

Discover how we rescued 100% of data from a client’s ransomware attack and provide BDR for a leading renewable energy provider, using our Backup and Disaster Recovery solution.  

Need further guidance? 

We’d be happy to guide you through the process of implementing a BDR solution into your business. To find out more about our service, or to discuss your broader IT strategy, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.