Is your business prepared in the case of a natural disaster?
Last month, a devastating earthquake happened in Nepal. There are many reasons why this earthquake happened and why it isn’t possible to predict when one will happen again (Source: WSJ.com), due to the complexity of the forces applying pressure at the fault.
Each region in the United States is prone to its sets of natural disasters, disasters that can impact your business and the lives of your employees.
According to an analysis by Sperling’s Best Places (Source: NYTimes.com) and TheSurvivalPlaceBlog.com, every region in the United States has its own sets of natural disasters.
· Earthquakes. There are no reliable short-term earthquake prediction methods, but probabilities can be calculated for future earthquakes.
· Volcanoes. Fortunately, volcanoes generally show signs of unrest hours, weeks and months before they erupt.
· Landslide damage. Landslides are likely on the west coast during its rainy season from November to March, during spring and summer thunderstorms in the western mountain states, and during hurricane season along the East Coast. Those residing on or below steep hill slopes are especially high risk for landslide damage.
· Wildfires. Climate change and the resulting hotter and arid conditions are expected to significantly increase wildfire frequency and severity.
· Hurricanes, storms, floods and more. Hurricane season runs from June-November, with September as the peak time when they are most likely to strike. But hurricanes and tropical storms can hit at other times as well.
The one billion dollar question: Is your business data backed upin the case of a disaster?
Backing up data is essential and we stress to our clients that it should not be ignored, yet many small businesses do not perform backups.
The statistics. According to DSScorp and dedicatedIT.com, plenty businesses have had the unfortunate experience of losing important, valuable data that helps their business thrive. We would like to take a moment to share the following statistics on data loss, losses that may very well have been prevented, if your business opted for better security and or/disaster recovery.
· Over 30% of users have lost 100% of their files and information at one time, due to a natural disaster, an accident, malicious virus, or catastrophic server failure(s).
· It is estimated that the average cost for any major data loss is over $200 per database record. If even one database is corrupted or compromised, it can cost an organization hundreds of thousands of dollars in recovery costs and fines — unless, of course, there is redundant data stored in a cloud backup or other system.
· In any given year, up to 25% of PC users will suffer an episode of data loss.
· 34% of businesses do not test tape backup. Of those 34% of businesses, companies using antiquated back-up methods (such as tapes) found that in over 77% of cases, the data exhibited discrepancies or failures that could not be fixed, rendering the back-up useless.
· 7 out of 10 small businesses go out of businesses within one year because of catastrophic data loss.
· Companies that are unable to bounce back within 10 days without disaster recovery are unlikely to survive.
SaalexIT can help you prepare for disaster, recover from a disaster and minimize downtime
Saalex Information Technology, LLC (SaalexIT) is currently responsible for Disaster Preparedness/Contingency Planning and has developed custom storage solutions, including Continuity of Operations (COOP) and disaster recovery plans that provide data redundancy and system security. These plans include hourly incremental backup schedules, solutions for onsite and cloud-based media storage, quick virtualization of failed servers, and procedures to automatically test backup data on a daily basis. The bottom line is our solutions can reduce downtime from weeks to hours or days. Backup plans are reviewed with the client and changes are made as needed. Clients can be given access to a web portal to review the status of their backup system or opt into receiving weekly reports via email.
· SaalexIT will provide installation and configuration for clients to backup their servers locally and to duplicate data to a cloud-based storage solution. Cloud-based storage will be handled and hosted by Datto, a vendor that SaalexIT partners with. Datto provides backup products and services for hybrid cloud business continuity, planning, and disaster recovery.
· In the case of Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity, we will use the locally hosted or cloud-based Datto to spin up virtual machine(s) based on the situation at hand. This solution provides an incredible amount of flexibility to the small business (SMB) without paying enterprise-level prices.
· SaalexIT also can do incremental back-ups. Datto is flexible in that it provides our clients the ability to set any backup schedule that they desire, to include daily, weekly, and monthly backups. With Datto, we can provide unlimited cloud storage.
· SaalexIT will also configure notifications of backup failures to include snapshots and email notices.
What our services will also do for you
1. Eliminate slow data transfer to your business via the Internet
2. Eliminate the use magnetic tapes as a backup option
3. Upon disaster, we will have a new device shipped to your business overnight containing your otherwise-lost data, and
4. Grant you the ability to quickly recover multiple terabytes of information in 24 hours, which would be nearly impossible using other methods.
No backups? Why wait? Call SaalexIT today!
Saalex Information Technology, LLC (SaalexIT) is a trusted partner in IT support and services, providing technology solutions that are designed to take your business to the next level. No matter what your IT requirements are, the SaalexIT experts can create, implement and support a technology strategy that will fit your business and budget.
Call one of our regional offices, (805) 222-4977 (California) or (321) 848-0340 (Florida) to discovery why many businesses count on us for dependable IT solutions today.
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