According to SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Businesses:
“A Company that experiences a computer outage lasting more than 10 days will never fully recover financially. 50 percent will be out of business within five years.”
- 70 percent of small firms that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year.
- Companies that aren’t able to resume operations within ten days (of a disaster hit) are not likely to survive.
- Of those businesses that experience a disaster and have no emergency plan, 43 percent never reopen; of those that do reopen, only 29 percent are still operating two years later.
Consider these six questions before implementing a BDR solution:
- How long can your business run without critical data available to your employees, clients, partners etc?
- What data is extremely important to your company in order to get back up and running after an unforeseen disruptive event?
- What type of backup solution (local/ offsite cloud based) do you need to adequately address your needs?
- What level of data backup (individual files, whole image) do you need and how frequently does the data need to be backed up?
- Which desktops/laptops/mobile devices need to be backed up?
- Which BDR vendors provide the appropriate solution that fit your needs and what are the pros and cons of each offering?
There are a number of vendors who sell BDR solutions, both on premise and cloud-based, each with their own unique value proposition. Ultimately you should go with the solution that addresses all your concerns and meets the requirements of your business. You do not want to wait until a disaster strikes to implement a BDR solution. By then it is usually too late!
Author: Sameer Sule is a Business Technology Consultant at Kinara Insights. He helps his clients understand and use technology to successfully grow their business. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org