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Backup vs Business Continuity

The Ugly Truth about Data. Backup vs Business Continuity eBook

Every company should have a data Backup solution in place. Not backing up your data is a huge gamble. Whether your business suffers data loss from a Natural Disaster or a Ransomware Attack, you need to be prepared.

Eventually almost every business will suffer some form of data loss event within its lifetime, and the truth is, that many of them will never recover. In fact, only 6% of companies without a Business Continuity plan will have the fortune and fore-planning to rise from those data-loss ashes.

It’s imperative that you ensure you have the plans in place and have practiced the drills. If you haven’t strategised your disaster recovery plans yet, we can help.

Firstly, Backup and Business Continuity are two separate things, and need to be planned separately.

A Backup solution will allow you to keep copies of your data, and depending on what solution you have in place, whether that’s a tape or a cloud-based service, you can restore your data and get back up and running. Data Backup answers the questions: Is my data safe? And, Can I get it back in case of a failure?

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DID YOU KNOW THAT: IT TAKES ON AVERAGE 7 HOURS TO RESUME NORMAL OPERATIONS AFTER A DATA LOSS EVENT

Business Continuity on the other hand is a much more strategic, and effective approach to protecting your business and its data. A Business Continuity Plan incorporates Backup as one part of a much broader approach for the Disaster Strategy your company needs to complete in to avoid a critical mass of downtime. This strategy includes; understanding the true costs of downtime and knowing how long your business can operate before the costs become crippling. Research by the Aberdeen Group has shown that the average business will suffer up to 5.18 hours of downtime in the event of a breach, whilst those stragglers without a strategy could be down for well over 24 hours.

DID YOU KNOW THAT: 35% OF SMBs LOSE OVER $500K DUE TO DOWNTIME

The truth about your Backup is that although you may have one, the one you have simply might not be good enough to prevent your business from suffering a critical failure, simply because, on its own, having just a Backup is not enough. You need the right Backup tool combined with the right policies and pre-planned actions to ensure down time is minimal, and your recovery is swift.
With all this in mind, do you know your RTO (Recovery Time Objective) or RPO (Recovery Point Objective)?

Download the BACKUP vs BUSINESS CONTINUITY EBOOK from Datto and Mirus to learn how to calculate these objectives and to assess if your Backup and Business Continuity Plans are up to the challenge of a disaster


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