If you’re still telling yourself that you live in a safe area where natural disasters never strike so you don’t need to worry about investing in a disaster recovery plan for your business, it’s time to start rethinking what disaster recovery means. When something goes wrong on individual devices or within your IT infrastructure, a great disaster recovery plan can mean the difference between getting your business back up and running in minutes or struggling to recover all your information for days, weeks, or longer.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Any number of natural and human-made disasters can happen at any moment, and if your data isn’t protected, you may lose time and money. When you hear disaster, you probably think of things like fires, floods, hurricanes, or earthquakes. These things do happen, but many businesses convince themselves they don’t need a disaster recovery plan because, the odds are, they’ll never experience a disaster of this magnitude. However, a good disaster recovery plan will also protect your business from the kinds of disasters that happen every day – the human kind. You have at least one employee who will fail to save an important document. Who will click on anything. Who will not use strong passwords to protect their devices. That’s why true data recovery is your business’ shield from disasters when data is lost through:
- Human error
- Cyber security breaches
- IT system failures
- Power outages
How is Data Continuity Different than Data Recovery?
Disasters and emergencies, by their very natures, can’t be planned for. While all businesses do their best to protect their equipment and facilities from potential damage, you simply can’t always see the disaster coming. Even if you can get equipment replaced after a disaster, you may lose data, and at the very least, you’ll lose time recovering it. This can negatively impact your business reputation, your relationship with clients, and your ability to recover fully from the disaster.
That’s why we take data recovery a step further with data continuity through Datto, offering Data Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). To ensure your business is up and running right away no matter what happens, you need data continuity. That means a system that doesn’t just backup individual programs or files. Instead, we use an image-based backup system to capture an entire virtual environment that can be replicated on any device. That includes programs, files, and settings. DRaaS is not just backing up individual files or programs in one location. Our image-based disaster recovery and backups are saved locally and in a cloud-based setting, creating redundancy, so your data is always secure and easily recoverable from anywhere.
As an example, if an employee clicks on a scam email, their device crashes. They can simply switch to another device, using a virtualized version of their system from the last recovery point and keep working while the support team fixes the issue. This can be done at any level from an individual device to a full, system-wide crash. Your data is always a few clicks away, saving you time and money and keeping your business running smoothly. No matter what happens.
What is the Cost of Not Investing in Data Continuity?
There are two variables you need to calculate to determine the true cost of a disaster for your businesses: Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO). RTO is the amount of time you lose between the moment a disaster occurs and the moment you recover your data. RPO is the amount of data lost between the last time your system was backed up and the moment the disaster occurs. Both of these things have a cost, and you can calculate this cost for your business, by inputting the answers to 8 simple questions into our calculator.
Why Should I Work with IT ArchiTeks for Data Recovery?
At IT ArchiTeks, we work with Datto to offer a complete data recovery and continuity strategy that offers unlimited cloud backups, a continually monitored system to ensure your backups are saved and accessible, and commitment to provide complete, timely support whenever your business experiences a data breach. If you’re ready to work with us, don’t hesitate to get in contact. We look forward to talking more about how to keep your business up and running – no matter what disaster comes your way.