Contact Us




Change Locale

2 Principles Of Data Backup That Save $12,500 Per Hour

From the experts | Posted on August 19, 2013 by Florent Tastet

According to a recent survey of over 2,000 SMBs, the average cost per hour of a data center outage is $12,500 for a SMB organization, and up to $60,000 per hour for a mid-sized enterprise. The report also indicates that less than 20% of SMBs back up all of their data, with 88% of businesses having lost critical data within the last two years. This of course doesn’t include businesses that are scheduling backups but have never tried to restore data.

Even in these instances, many organizations are unsure if these backups are valid until they receive an audit or need to restore data outside of their internal backup policy.

Here are the only 2 data backup principles you need to follow:

To prepare your business for data disasters, there’s no need to have a Master’s Degree in Disaster Recovery. You only need to follow two basic principles:

Principle #1: Back up ALL of your data – and don’t settle for anything less
I strongly believe that effective disaster recovery is based on backing up ALL of your data. When I say “ALL” the data, that means not settling for a backup that completed at 98 or 99%. Why? Let me ask you this: Would you leave the door to your asset warehouse 98% closed? The same logic applies to your business. Don’t wait to find out that the 1% that didn’t backup included key information, like internal communications plans, client contracts and business files you need for undelayed day-to-day operations.

Principle #2: Don’t waste time and space
Are you still backing up the same information more than once? I have some news for you: back it up once. Backing up the same files day after day, or from multiple locations, is a poor use of your time, storage resources and often lengthens your backup windows. With deduplication technology readily available there is no need to retain multiple copies of the same data.

Here’s some recommendations on how to get started with backing up 100% of your data on a daily basis.

  1. Tape-based backup : Backup software and a tape drive create a tape for both onsite and offsite storage. Although well-known and proven with respect to data retention, this technology doesn’t always meet the growing demand for greater speed and efficiency and may not keep pace as your data continues to grow.
  2. Disk-to-disk backup (D2D): This approach involves deploying an additional server or installing a Storage Area Network (SAN) to store data backups. The backups complete quickly and efficiently and restores can be done from several different points in time. Disk-to-disk backup aims to optimize virtual machines, backups and recovery by processing the required backup at the guest and image level through the host.
  3. Cloud-based backup: Backup data is transferred via a server or backup device through the Cloud (Internet) to a remote backup service provider. Cloud-based backups are almost always completed using the D2D backup method that compresses the data and transmits it efficiently. That said, the need to transport the files from remote locations lengthens restore times. It’s worth noting that a cloud-based solution might not be the right approach if data privacy is a big concern. Otherwise, with a backup cost as low as $.05/TB, a cloud-based solution is very cost efficient.
  4. Remote-server replication: In this instance files are replicated over a WAN or Internet link to a redundant server in real-time. This provides quick recovery for any problems with the production server. With the proper software, the replica server can stand in for the production server without users experiencing any interruption. Often referred to as “automatic failover”, or “hot swap”, this approach ensures a transparent and seamless continuity of business activities.

Stories about the financial impact of data loss run daily in the press. The question that’s always asked, yet never answered is this: How much money does your business stand to lose for every hour your workers sit idle, unable to deliver products or services to your customers?

When you’re ready to explore a backup plan that will keep your data and applications safe and ready to restore whenever you need, please connect with me directly.

Related Posts

Where Did My Data Go? It seems that as we find newer, faster and more efficient ways to store, access and manipulate data, we can’t seem to keep up with the growth of the data itself. Even worse, w...
Protect Your Infrastructure from Maintenance Sprawl Simplicity is among the principal advantages of implementing a virtual infrastructure, but few talk about the complexity that can come with it. Often, companies are far down t...
Take The Guesswork Out of Your Mobile Network Depending on your organization, BYOD means a lot of different things. BYOD can be a welcome change (employee retention, talent acquisition, employee satisfaction, producti...

Related Articles

Innovation Executive Forum | September 13, 2019 by Karen Bader

Enterprises today understand the requirement to combat slow and low end-user adoption, especially when the solutions are intended to transform the way people work, as with new communications and collaboration tools. For years, Softchoice has been offering end-to-end, turnkey adoption services, helping businesses across North America unlock more value, quickly, from their key collaboration investments. […]

Uncategorized | August 28, 2019 by Susana Byun

Here are your top 10 must-read Microsoft announcements from August 2019 curated by Softchoice:

There are two kinds of cloud enterprises. Those that are “born in the cloud” — have come into being without ever owning a data center. And those that are migrating to the cloud, piece by piece, with varying senses of urgency and speed.