In today’s high-tech business world, downtime is a dirty word. Nobody wants it. Everyone tries their best to avoid it. But still in threatens each and every business without discrimination. If you want to remain competitive, technology must factor into your business plans – but if your systems go down, business comes to a grinding halt. If you and your team can’t access the programs, apps and data you need – whenever you need them – your revenue suffers.
Downtime doesn’t come cheap, either.
We’ve talked about the true cost of downtime before, but it bears repeating. As a business owner, you should have a basic idea how much an outage could cost your business, as well as practical strategies in place to prevent loss of revenue.
Way back in 2014, Gartner estimated a single minute of downtime to cost, on average, $5,600. For one minute. Four years ago. We can only assume that downtime comes at an even steeper price today. In the inevitable event that your networks or systems experience an outage, how much can your company afford?
We recommend taking a good, hard look at your business to understand the potential impact of an outage. Then we recommend working with your IT solutions partner to develop a strategy that will position your company to avoid downtime at all costs.
These three simple steps are a great starting point:
- Establish a Backup Strategy
We can’t stress strongly enough the importance of your backup strategy. It’s an important component in protecting your critical data in the event of an outage. Think of it as a security net. Backing up your data in a secure data center environment means nothing will fall through the cracks if servers go down, even for a moment.
Not sure where to start or what your company might need? That’s quite alright. You’re certainly not alone there, and you’ve come to the right place. At Compudyne, we offer a handful of backup options that are suitable for businesses with varying needs. Our Backup Lite service often makes sense for small to medium-sized businesses. It’s a cost-effective solution that is quick and easy to set up. It protects files and folders – as opposed to entire machines and operating systems. Our Backup Pro service, on the other hand, has more robust features for backup and recovery.
- Prepare for the worst with Disaster Recovery as a Service
Backup is often used synonymously with Disaster Recovery, but the two are actually very different. Backup is essentially a copy of your critical data, while Disaster Recovery encompasses a whole lot more. It’s the strategy behind how your company will respond and recover IT environments in the event of a natural or human-caused disaster. Disaster recovery solutions enable your company to bounce back after disaster strikes, with the least possible impact on your operations.
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is a logical next-step in protecting your business. DRaaS solutions are backed by your IT solutions provider, and often incorporate cloud-based backup and replication services that automatically keep your data and applications accessible and available, no matter what happens. Are you thinking that seamless failback and redundant backup and recovery options sound like a smart choice for your business? We agree.
- Work with an IT solutions partner
There are a lot of options out there that will help protect and secure both your business and your critical data. Avoiding downtime with backup and disaster recovery solutions makes logical and financial sense but deploying a strategy that works for your business and your budget takes a dedicated team of trained IT professionals.
While your internal IT team is critical to keeping your day-to-day operations running smoothly, developing a custom backup and disaster recovery solution is a significant undertaking. That’s where working with a full-service IT solutions provider you trust is essential.
A Compudyne Success Story: Minimizing Downtime with Disaster Recovery Solutions
In the legal industry, uptime and 24/7 access to applications, programs, file and data can make or break a firm. When a fast-paced, technology-forward legal firm was looking for additional and assurance that their critical data would always be protected, they started a search for an IT solutions provider who could develop a reliable, scalable solution.