Data Disaster Recovery

Businesses of all sizes have become increasingly dependent on data for their very existence. A staggering half of businesses that lose their data due to disasters go out of business within 24 months. You need a fail-safe data disaster recovery strategy that ensures business continuity, continuous data protection, and regulatory compliance.

A recent report from Gartner Group indicates that server backup in the Small and Medium Business world is approaching 100%. And, recent regulatory requirements are causing businesses to re-examine current recovery plans. There is also an increasing awareness that responsible business protection also includes moving data to a safe off-site location.

Large-scale disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes are well publicized, but greater risk exists for most businesses in equally damaging events such as fire, flood, theft, a malfunction in the sprinkler system, or simple human error. Understanding the need for data disaster recovery is only the first step in the process. Equally important is determining the right data protection strategy for your business.

Proper planning requires clear answers to several critical questions, and the questions are the same regardless of the size of the business:

  • What functions of the business are imperative to generating revenue?What functions are imperative to normal operations?
  • Which functions are less imperative, but still important to the business?

The answers to these questions help determine minimally acceptable time-frames to recover from a failure and how much data loss is acceptable. See the Iron Mountain Digital paper, Data Disaster Recovery for Small and Medium Businesses. It provides insights on the leading causes of data loss, how to craft a cost-effective, off-site data protection strategy, and how on-line backup and recovery lets you get to all your data – from applications to databases to email – after any disaster.