The most obvious problem with two of today’s most popular green energy concepts – solar and wind energy – obvious: “What happens when the sun doesn’t shine/the wind doesn’t blow?” Switching over to alternative energy requires backup sources – either batteries or fossil fuel sources.
Fortunately, the answer to the corollary question for businesses running partly or completely on Cloud-based technology need not be so dramatically stark. What happens when your Cloud disappears?
If your small or midsize business has failed to adequately plan and prepare for such an event you could lose hours or even days of productivity, not to mention the value of lost sales, angered customers, and potentially legal liabilities.
Fortunately, if you are the owner or head of a small or midsize business, there are excellent and affordable cloud backup and recovery solutions, the cost of which can easily be recovered by your company’s continued operational capabilities – even when your Cloud network fails, your business gets hammered by severe weather of other external calamity, or your power goes out.
Regarding Cloud Recovery: Three Lousy Options, and One Good One
But in answer to the question above – “What happens when your Cloud stops working?” – here are the possibilities, according to recent analysis published by HP.
- Option 1: Panic, because you’ve got no back or protection against lost data in place.
- Option 2: Hope, blindly, that your Cloud provider’s system includes disaster fail-over capability built in.
- Option 3: Worry about a slow, painful recovery and the likely loss of some key data.
- Option 4: Relax, because you’re adequately prepared and your – and your customers’ and vendors’ – data is properly protected.
It never made much sense, but in many companies’ mad rush to move some or all of the data and IT operations to Cloud-based services, they neglected to establish adequate backup and recovery capabilities.
It’s almost unimaginable that any company in the past would have operated in either a mainframe or a server-based IT environment that did not have built-in backup and recovery capabilities. But perhaps those backup and recovery capabilities were so good that companies simply forgot about their necessity as they made the leap to the Cloud.
Why Proper Data and Service Backup and Recovery is Critical
Maybe it’s obvious, but just in case it’s not, let’s review why having proper data and service backup and recovery plans in place is critical.
Effective backup and recovery can reduce your company’s exposure to data loss by as much as 95 percent should your business be pummeled by a tornado, washed away in a flood, reduced to ash in a fire, or knocked off the power grid for hours or days by some extraordinary event.
And they can cut your data and operations recovery from an outage by as much as 90 percent, which can save your company oodles of cash when you calculate the costs of being out of commission for long periods, or permanently losing key contact, billing, tax, operational, legal, engineering, technical and business plan data.
How critical of an issue is that? For smaller businesses, where cash is in chronic short supply, the loss of just a few days of normal operations can imperil the enterprise’s survival. And losing customers’ private financial or competitive data from your company’s system can be more than embarrassing. It can cost you their confidence and loyalty in the future. And in some cases it potentially can expose your business to financial liabilities and potentially high legal costs.
Cloud Backup Needn’t Be Expensive or Difficult
Having the necessary safeguards in place doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. Companies such as eVault provide best-in-class protection and recovery speeds, with products and services tailored specifically for the needs and budgets of small and midsize companies.
So how do you know which provider and product offerings will best meet your backup and recovery needs while keeping your IT budget from exploding?
If you happen to be really tech-savvy business owner or leader, you can probably sort through all the product and service offerings yourself. Of course, if you’re that man or woman, you probably never put your enterprise into a situation in which you have inadequate or no backup and recovery capabilities.
So the best likely option is to engage a third-party team of managed IT service experts who have knowledge specific to your industry and who possess particularly keen understanding of the needs and issues facing small and midsize businesses. They can help you analyze your needs and to sift through the various product and service vendors to put together the right set of protections for your company.