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Every organization needs to have an actionable data backup and recovery plan in place to ensure that critical data and applications are protected when disaster strikes. Underestimating the likelihood that adverse events will occur and impact operations, reputation, and revenue is a massive lurking threat to profitability and business continuity for organizations across the globe.

Businesses that evaluate the risks to their data continuity, identify their critical data and applications, and implement best practices and systems designed to mitigate the threats and ultimately safeguard their operations, customers, and profitability.

Risks to Critical Data Continuity

Natural Disasters and Power Outages
Hurricanes, fires, and floods are on the rise

Security and Compliance
Malware, ransomware, and internal data handling

Human Error
Deletion of data, theft, or sabotage

Hardware Failure
End of life equipment, gaps in infrastructure and redundancy

Software Failure
Failed or corrupted application patches or upgrades

Corrupt Data
Damaged or otherwise compromised files and infrastructure

Identifying Critical Data and Applications

Backups of data and systems should be done at least nightly and depending on the criticality of the system and the amount of data generated, often more frequently. Modern backup systems will provide flexibility to do full backups periodically in combination with incremental backups to optimize backup windows and recovery speeds.

In addition to backups, archive requirements vary from business to business based on internal policies and retention requirements, but which promote long term data protection. Your organization should also consider applicable local and global consumer and industry data regulations and compliance laws, the volume of data that your company generates, and best practices around retrieving and deleting information.

 

Critical and irreplaceable data can include:

 

Other considerations:

  • What do you need to backup?
  • How much disk space is needed to back up?
  • Review of your Internet connection capacity (can it accommodate off-site file transfers?)
  • How often should backups be performed (depends on how often your data changes)?
  • How will you monitor your backup system(s)?
  • Can you test your ability to restore data (restore a portion of your data on a scheduled basis)?

Systems and Best Practices – Storagepipe Can Help!

There are a wide range of options available to IT teams choosing a backup strategy and system for their organization. At Storagepipe, we work to keep your environment protected and accessible. Our goal is to keep your organization open for business despite whatever adverse events come your way.

Storagepipe’s solutions and responsive support enables your in-house IT team to minimize disruptions and ensure smooth operations and business continuity, even in the face of disaster.

We make sure that your data and IT systems are available and ready to resume operations, so that you can continue to provide uninterrupted service to your customers.

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As we approach the holiday season, no one wants to be recovering data when they should be spending precious time with family and friends. Unfortunately, IT departments are too often required to respond to emergencies during the holidays because of the 24/7 nature of modern business. Customers and prospects continue to interact with businesses online, even when the brick and mortar doors are closed.

This powerful, always on business strategy requires an equally powerful backup plan. Thankfully, while businesses and their IT departments no longer operate on a nine-to-five basis, neither does the support to help them through the holidays. Client interaction and client support happen more instantaneously than ever before, with 24/7 accessibility.

Is your business prepared for disaster this holiday season?

What Is Your Data Loss Plan?

Data loss can occur in several ways. A device can be lost or stolen. Hardware can fail or become corrupted. A simple click can introduce ransomware into networks and cause widespread, crippling infection. Malicious hackers love the winter holiday season – they know that in-house IT hours are reduced, and businesses have their guard down.

In seconds, tons of valuable data can be locked down or obliterated. All that is left is a business clambering to repair their relationships with clients and vendors, while spending large amounts of money and time trying to get things back up and running. A small error can create a calamity that requires all hands on deck, and that some businesses can never fully recover from.

You must ask yourself: if your company were caught in a similar scenario during the holidays, do you have disaster recovery plan in place to quickly respond and get back to business? Would you be able to recover, or would your operations grind to a halt?

DRaaS to the Rescue

It is possible to keep things running smoothly even when trouble arises. The DRaaS advantage lies in its ability to provide complete and rapid cloud recovery services. These services range from site and transactional restoration, to full data center recovery and failovers.

Because DRaaS is cloud-based, you won’t need to make a heavy upfront investment in a data center, servers, or software licenses to get your own remote backup and DRaaS solution. DRaaS additionally benefits enterprises by replacing huge capital expenditures with more manageable operational expenditures, making DR accessible to and affordable for any size organization.

For more information and insights, read our Disaster Recovery Guide now to learn what you need to be prepared.

Storagepipe Will Save Your Holiday Season!

Whether it’s a data breach, a power outage, a hard drive failure, or a storm or other disaster – restoring your service in the case of a disaster should be a paramount concern for any organization.

Data backup and security is important all-year round. If you’re lucky enough to be a Storagepipe client already, you can rest assured that your data is safe with our secure backup and disaster recovery services.

If you haven’t signed up yet, take advantage of our Christmas 2019 special and get 20% off of your installation costs! Contact us for an expert assessment and pricing today, and rest easy during the holidays!

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As technology becomes more sophisticated, so do cyber criminals and the tactics that they employ. As a result, the frequency of ransomware is becoming more prevalent and increasingly expensive for businesses to prevent, mitigate, and recover from when they don’t have cloud backups.

The question of how to best protect against ransomware attacks is rapidly gaining urgency in organizations of all shapes and sizes. Keeping recent, reliable, and ready to deploy local backups of your systems and files is one of the preferred ways to recover from attacks that make it through traditional security defenses. Unfortunately, this standalone tactic is rapidly becoming insufficient.

The new challenge facing IT and security industries is the arrival of insidious forms of ransomware that in addition to attacking the live production environment, also target and infect backups. This type of ransomware comes in a variety of deployments and entry points, and can corrupt or infect the backup environment in such a way that malware is still present when the backup is used for recovery. As a result, the live production environment is re-infected, and the attacker can attempt to re-ransom the victimized company.

The very real possibility that you will never actually recover your compromised data or return to business as usual is driving businesses to identify the best way to secure their entire backup process and systems.

Best of breed cloud backup solutions have adapted to include additional security processes to protect against sophisticated ransomware, identify intrusions, and recover data despite attackers’ best efforts to corrupt your information and hold you hostage in perpetuity.

How is Your Data Protected?

Investing some time in understanding how your data is currently protected will pay you back in dividends. Knowing the current state of your security and backup protection will help you identify the gaps and develop practical strategies for fighting ransomware threats.

When evaluating, find out:

How often is my data backed up?
Recognize that a ransomware attack will usually result in the loss of all of your data dating back to your last clean backup. What is the value of the data generated by your business during the delta between that last backup point, and the moment of malware infection? How would the loss of that data affect your business?

How much would it cost to restore my system in the event of a Crypto type attack?
How long would my office be down for? What data would we likely lose? What would it cost to restore our systems? How could we make our data more resistant to attack or loss?

Have the computer users in my office received any type of computer security training?
Can they recognize the difference between valid and malicious email attachments or web links? Most computer infections are brought into an office by poorly trained users that click on a malicious attachment or install a “freeware” program onto their system.

General Recommendations for Data Backup and Protection

Run two forms of backup, ideally a cloud based and internal backup system and then add archiving for air-gapped protection to media such as tape.
It is critical to run two forms of backup, especially if one backup method fails temporarily – you must have an additional solution in place to maintain protection for your data.

Run some form of continuous backup or replication that works to protect your data throughout the day, as your files or databases change and are updated.
Examples of this type of protection include: frequent storage drive snapshots, SQL database replicas, and periodic backup or replication to cloud with Veeam.

Avoid storing data on your end-user computers unless they are also backed up.
Typically, files saved to your ‘My Documents’ and similar local folders on your workstation aren’t included in cloud backups, procedures, or anti-fraud protections.

Advantages of Cloud Based Backup and Recovery

  • Most cloud-based backup solutions have versioning capabilities that allow for multiple cloud backups, effectively allowing the rollback of ransomware encrypted files to the pre-encrypted version.
  • These solutions may also provide data protection that automatically monitors for indicators of ransomware activity. For example, a massive number of file extension writes and renames can be a great clue that something is amiss.
  • As an added countermeasure, these solutions are not linked to the local network and don’t show up as another drive or shared folder – which are often targeted by ransomware attacks.

For more information and insights, read our Disaster Recovery Guide now to learn what you need to be prepared.

Cloud Backups and Ransomware Protection with Storagepipe

With ransomware, what you don’t know or aren’t prepared for really can hurt you. The good news is that with a little extra preparation and a nominal investment of time you can successfully assess and manage this risk.

Working with an experienced backup and disaster recovery cloud provider is one key way to ensure that your data is secure in the face of malicious activities and attempts to hold your valuable business data hostage.

Storagepipe has over 15 years of experience in data protection. We are continually advancing our solution portfolio to combat emerging threats. New features and enhancements from Veeam and Storagepipe such as “Insider Protection” and “Cloud Recycle Bins” are leading the way today in restricting data access and ensuring recoverability from ransomware and other types of sophisticated cyberattacks.

Speak with a Storagepipe data protection specialist today to learn how we can help you to safeguard your business with cloud backups and recovery.

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It’s Halloween—the perfect time to enjoy some spooky tales. If we’ve learned anything about the horror genre from Hollywood, it’s that the scariest and most compelling horror stories are often the ones that are based on true events. Though you may no longer be scared by monster movies, urban legends, or slasher flicks, real-life horror stories about data protection and disaster recovery (DR) are sure to make you feel a little uneasy.

It’s Nightmare on Server Street

90% of attacked companies suffer unplanned downtime at an average cost of $1.55 million USD each year.

Are you prepared?

A common story that we hear every day is that a business is ransomed and their on-premise servers get badly rooted, often even encrypting all of the backups.  An increasingly scary scenario is that the attackers demand Bitcoin worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for the unreliable promise of a decryption key and restored data.

Prevention and Recovery Plans Foil Attackers

For each organization the question often is, do you risk losing the information forever?

Some pay the ransom and hope for the best despite the risk that the decryption won’t work, while others rely on their data disaster recovery plan and decide not to pay the money. Instead, they use a clean backup to restore their operations, and foil their attackers’ nefarious plans thanks to better planning and preparations of their own.

A data disaster recovery and continuity plan can help you recover from an otherwise crippling ransomware attack. With Storagepipe backup and data disaster recovery services, one simple phone call gets you back in business within minutes. Check out our DRaaS Buyer’s Guide here!

Dawn of the Human Error

Uptime Institute has cited that 70% of data center outages can be attributed to human error.

The 2016 Delta Airlines data center outage is reported to have cost them $150 Million USD.

Part of the reason for the long delay (3 days) that they experienced before they were able to resume service is that a significant part of their IT infrastructure was not connected to a backup power source.

Human error is a big threat to business continuity. What is your plan to keep the internal threat at bay?

Get Your Halloween Disaster Recovery Plan Treat

There are no tricks here! Read our Disaster Recovery Guide now to learn what you need to be prepared.

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Data loss prevention is critical to ensure data and business continuity after a natural disaster. Recover your systems and data as quickly and fully as possible by mitigating risk with the right policies, processes, and infrastructure.

Here are the key questions you should be asking when creating a plan to protect and recover your data in the case of a natural disaster:

What does your current backup situation look like?

The first step toward improving your data protection practices is to consider your current IT infrastructure and systems. Do you have a disaster recovery plan in place? If not, why not?

The assumption that nothing bad will ever happen to your data exposes your business to major risks and devastating losses. It’s not a question of if your data will be destroyed or compromised; rather, it’s when.

Even the most cautious organization will run into situations like natural disasters, hacking attacks, or even user error, where their data is lost or compromised and needs to be recovered. A well-prepared business should always have a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery plan at the ready.

Have you talked to your employees?

By developing and instituting clear internal processes and best practice standards for data management, businesses can help to prevent data loss following natural disasters. Once employees are properly handling files and information day to day and know the correct steps to take during adverse events, your business is a critical step closer to ensuring data protection and successful business continuity.

How often do you test your backups?

Even if you have a backup system in place, how often do you test your procedures and backups to make sure that you can rely on them when you need them the most? It’s not unheard of for a business to lose everything in a fire, and when attempting a recovery, they find out that the entire backup is corrupted or doesn’t work properly. You shouldn’t hope that your backups are reliable, complete, and ready to go; you need to guarantee that they are.

Read our How to Test Your Backup and Recovery eBook for critical best practices.

Where do your backups live?

Many businesses rely on their own servers for backup, either on-premise or off. In these cases, you should be sure to design a network of backups that offers sufficient redundancy, and to have the appropriate resources and expertise to maintain and service them.

What backup approach works for you?

Many organizations that maintain their own data centers also use third party cloud-based solutions for a secondary backup. Having servers in diverse locations supports data loss prevention by minimizing risks due to natural disaster.

A hybrid approach that combines on-premise servers with third-party managed cloud infrastructure can provide geo-redundancy and additional managed services capabilities.

Take advantage of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

The most effective way to enable data loss prevention is to create a seamless disaster recovery plan that includes Disaster-Recover-as-a-Service (DRaaS). DRaaS simplifies many of the backup and recovery processes, provides storage-related cost savings, and allows businesses to backup their data more frequently with less administrative complexity.

In the event of a natural disaster, a third-party DR service provider can typically help you recover much faster because of their significant and specialized training and resources. DRaaS providers also have the experience of handling multiple catastrophic events in a diverse range of scenarios and can contribute their expertise around handling real world failovers. Third party service providers can rapidly respond when disaster strikes to assist your business in successfully minimizing damage to your data, reputation, and business continuity.

Storagepipe Specializes in Data Loss Prevention

By following data protection best practices, your organization can weather natural disasters and reduce or eliminate disruption to your business.

Download our DRaaS Buyer’s Guide here for more insights!

Working with Storagepipe will allow you to avoid costly outages and data loss that could harm your operations, reputation, and profitability. Preparation means businesses gain a competitive advantage by keeping the lights on during the storm.

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Reliable disaster recovery and backup solutions are critical to ensure that consumers have the instant access to information and services from your business that they need and have come to expect. Legacy solutions such as offsite tape repositories do not provide the immediate and dependable response needed to meet end user and business demands. Disaster Recovery as Service (DRaaS) has emerged for businesses that are seeking comprehensive protection of their vital data and applications with multiple failover options at attractive price points.

DRaaS benefits businesses of all sizes with:

Immediate Recovery

When a disaster strikes, every second of downtime translates into huge productivity, reputation, and financial losses for your business. Businesses can rapidly recover with an immediate system failover to a secondary infrastructure within minutes, returning the business to normal operations.

Increased Flexibility

DRaaS offers one unified solution to recover from all types of disasters, from malware and ransomware to hurricanes and wildfires.

Businesses can customize their required recovery scope depending on their needs, resources, and RPO and RTO recovery objectives, and choose how their most-critical applications are protected.

Options span from continuous replication and hot site recovery to time-based backup and warm site recovery.

Improved Security

DRaaS providers utilize state-of-the-art infrastructure with seamless redundancy and no single point of failure to keep your data securely backed up in the cloud and protected away from your primary site. DRaaS solutions can also be customized to meet your business’s security and compliance requirements such as GDPR (download our eBook here!).

Lowered Cost

Businesses can rapidly recover from disasters without incurring the major capital costs of additional and redundant hardware. Flexible pay as you grow models and a variety of options to meet RPO and RTO objectives enable businesses to satisfy their requirements with room to adjust as needed.

Specialized Support

DRaaS offers a practical solution for companies of all sizes, and especially those with more limited IT personnel resources and capital to handle unpredictable disaster and emergency events. Leveraging specialized DRaaS services enables businesses to focus their IT teams on core business needs while providing stand-by supportive resources when they need a helping hand the most.

An experienced service provider can also provide advice and guidance, to improve the compliance and security readiness of your business.

Need DRaaS Solutions? Storagepipe Can Help

At Storagepipe, we’re working hard to make cloud solutions even more secure. Our Veeam-based Backup and Recovery and Disaster Recovery Services include local and offsite backup as well as encryption in transit and at rest to protect data. Encryption of data using enterprise-grade 256 bit AES ensures privacy and also protects data from exposure. We have also introduced Insider Protection for cloud recycling bin capability to protect against accidental or malicious deletion of backups and archives.

Combining these protections with our add air-gapped data archival services provides additional layers of protection for both short term and long term protection and compliance. Our Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offerings protect mission critical systems and data from downtime and ransomware attacks with full system replication and failover.

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The Capital One data breach that compromised the personal information of more than 100 million people in the US and 6 million in Canada may have been preventable had the credit card issuer taken more care in configuring the firewall used to protect the system from intrusions.

According to the FBI, Paige Thompson was allegedly able to break into data stored in the cloud, or remote servers maintained by their third-party provider Amazon, because the firewall was not configured properly to the specifications of the server. That enabled her to access folders of data in Capital One’s storage space. It is still unknown if while she worked at Amazon, she left an opening to penetrate the system or if she knew the configurations enough to enable her to breach the system.

Although they do not believe she used any of the information fraudulently, the issue of security misconfigurations remains top of mind for those utilizing cloud-based services and the relationship between IT and third-party providers.

Provider Security Breaches

It’s hard to tell how well cloud providers are protecting your data. Reading the terms of service will let you know if a company might intentionally use or disclose your data, but it won’t reveal sloppy internal security and a failure to follow security best practices.

Unfortunately, if your organization’s data is compromised, you could be held responsible, even if the provider is at fault. Businesses are required to safeguard sensitive personal information, particularly information governed by compliance regimes such as HIPAA, PCI or GDPR. Even if your cloud provider claims to be “HIPAA compliant,” that doesn’t necessarily protect you or make you compliant.

Lack of Data Encryption

Part of what made it so easy for Thompson to access the information was that the data was not encrypted. Encrypted data storage provides an extra layer of security for your information. If a hacker gains access through an alternate means like in the Capital One case where she claimed to use a special command to extract files in a Capital One directory stored on Amazon’s servers, they won’t be able to read it.

Encrypted cloud storage doesn’t come standard with most SaaS business software such as Dropbox, Office 365 and Google Apps (now known as G Suite). Many services encrypt data in transit — the information flowing between your computer and the cloud service — which is a great start. However, this protection is usually based on SSL/TLS encryption, which is vulnerable to attacks.

The cloud has changed IT security forever. You can’t just wall in your data with firewalls when your data is scattered all over the planet. You need a combination of layered security for your primary, secondary and archival data including strong encryption. Those layers will also include protections from both external and internal intrusions or malicious actors.

Storagepipe Can Help

At Storagepipe, we’re working hard to make cloud solutions even more secure. Our Veeam-based backup and recovery and DR services include local and offsite backup as well as encryption in transit and at rest to protect data. Encryption of data using enterprise-grade 256 bit AES ensures privacy and also protects data from exposure. We have also introduced Insider Protection for cloud recycling bin capability to protect against accidental or malicious deletion of backups and archives.

Combining these protections with our add air-gapped data archival services provides additional layers of protection for both short term and long term protection and compliance. Our DR as a Service (DRaaS) offerings protect mission critical systems and data from downtime and ransomware attacks with full system replication and failover.

Whether systems and data are in the cloud or on-premise, it does not change the fundamental needs to protect information and ensure availability for your business.

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The last thing you need during a hurricane is worrying about whether you’ll permanently lose your data or have downtime that your business simply cannot afford. Early preparation is the best way to minimize the impact of this season’s hurricanes and ensure business continuity.  Here are the four best practices to consider as you plan for data protection and availability during the upcoming hurricane season:

1. Have a documented IT disaster recovery plan

What will need to happen during or after a disaster for a business to resume operations quickly and effectively? Clearly outlining the action steps that must be taken before a disaster (planning stage), during as well as after a hurricane are critical for effective and efficient data disaster recovery.

Your IT disaster recovery plan should include: list of stakeholders’ roles and contact information, IT asset inventory, backup and restoration plan, as well as your internal communication plan in case of a disaster.  Make sure that your plan is understood and embraced by all key players so there are no surprises during a disaster.

2. Keep off-site, cloud backup of your data

From cost-savings to scalability, there are many benefits of cloud storage. Data stored on the cloud can be accessed instantly, which is critical for reducing downtime and recovering data after a disaster.

Businesses can mitigate the risk of losing their data due to a hurricane or another natural disaster by keeping it off-site and away from their local geography. They can also use cloud services as backups that can be tapped to get the business back online as quickly as possible.

For the best solution and support, consider partnering with a seasoned Backup as a Service (BaaS) provider with redundant infrastructure so you can receive dependable data security, data protection and 24/7 support even when your service is down locally.

3. Get a DR failover site in a different geography

One way a business can resume its operations quickly is by failover or switching to a redundant or standby system when it experiences an outage locally due to a hurricane or another disaster. The failover site must be situated away from your local region to ensure that it won’t be impacted by the same disaster, and ideally should be in-land, i.e. away from the coasts and other disaster-prone areas.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) providers like Storagepipe have years of expertise maintaining state-of-the-art redundant data centers, as well as hot site and warm site recovery solutions that are backed by 24/7 support to help businesses replicate their systems, restore their IT operations and get back on track after a disaster.

Download our DRaaS Buyer’s Guide to know the top 10 considerations for selecting the right DRaaS partner for your organization.

4. Test and re-test proactively

Testing your backup and recovery plan is the most effective way to ensure that your data, applications and IT systems will be properly restored after a hurricane, and within your desired RTOs. Testing should be conducted regularly, and especially after an application or server goes through a major update to ensure there won’t be any hiccups when a disaster strikes.

Let Storagepipe Help

Having a backup and recovery plan in place is essential for ensuring business continuity during a hurricane or any other disaster.  Storagepipe has over fifteen years of experience providing customers with piece of mind that your data is safe and secure – no matter your location. Storagepipe’s affordable Disaster Recovery as a Service leverages cloud-based resources and off-site storage to match your business’ unique needs. Don’t let a disaster disrupt your business operations. Let Storagepipe help you get back online in minutes.

VeeamON, VeeamON, VeeamON. It is currently the talk of the town… or at least around our office. VeeamON is the premier conference for cloud data management with networking, training and insights from many of the world’s leading IT experts and visionaries. In other words, it’s not an event to be missed. As the VeeamON team rightly asks, “the benefits of attending VeeamON are so numerous the question is, why wouldn’t you attend?”

We agree! Our team at Storagepipe has a lot of reasons for why they do not like to miss VeeamON.

Here are the top six things we are looking forward to the most at VeeamON 2019:

1. Getting the inside scoop from the Veeam wizards about upcoming products, releases and best practices to avoid unnecessary downtime.

2. Networking with the best minds in the IT world to get fresh ideas and stay abreast of emerging cloud trends and technologies.

3. Meeting our amazing customers to thank them for trusting us and finding new ways to enhance their Storagepipe experience.

4. Connecting with other like-minded Veeam partners who bring you differentiated managed data protection services. Did you know Storagepipe was the first – and is currently one of the very few – Veeam Platinum Cloud Service Providers in Canada? Our expertise in data protection, comprehensive service portfolio and highly responsive customer support are just some of the reasons why customers love us. Learn more.

5. Enhancing our IT team’s skills with VMCE training so we can continue to offer you the best-of-the-best in-house technical support for our Veeam-based Backup as a Service (BAAS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solutions.

6. Getting social at the epic VeeamON oceanfront pool party with Flo Rida!

What are you most looking forward to at VeeamON?

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From serious security breaches affecting billions of users to hurricanes, fires and unpredictable weather spreading across the North American coasts, disasters – both man-made and natural – have hit the business world hard in 2018 continue to do so in 2019.

While your business might not be affected on such a large scale, any sort of outage can cause IT administrators and CIOs to lie awake at night wondering if they are well protected. Unfortunately, many businesses fail to develop a comprehensive disaster recovery plan, leaving themselves vulnerable to the worst-case scenarios when a disaster strikes.

Why Do I Need a Disaster Recovery Plan?

In our digital world, disasters that affect our data and applications are inevitable. Whether it’s a deleted file, a ransomware attack, or a large-scale natural disaster, there are constant threats to IT infrastructure and to the businesses that depends on them. But you can minimize the impact of an outage by developing business continuity processes and a disaster recovery plan.

You can’t afford downtime

The reality is that your business cannot afford downtime. The news is filled with headlines of multiple natural disasters and an increase in man-made disasters, from hardware or software failure, malicious ransomware or careless users and accidents.

With shrinking IT budgets, the idea of spending money on the “what if” scenario isn’t always top of mind. However, what is harder, is putting a figure against the intangible costs of downtime. Ask yourself: “What would be your customers’ perception of you if they can’t reach your website?” With stiff competition in the market, any sort of downtime will cost you customers.

Backups are not a DR Plan

After a disaster, you can reinstall applications, get new hardware, and even run your internet line. But if you can’t access all of your business data, your business simply cannot operate.

Local backups can be targeted by malicious software, like ransomware that takes over your backup applications, database backup files, and locks them all down. If you are cyber attacked, how many thousands of dollars would your company pay to the cyber criminals to get your data back without going out of business?

Keep it in the Cloud

There are many reasons why businesses don’t have a DR plan. It can be a lack of manpower, skills, space or budget. However, the cloud provides agile, scalable, highly performing, highly adaptable and cost-effective solutions.

Disaster Recovery: What to Expect in 2019

Experts agree that the risk of cyber-attacks and natural disaster events will continue to increase in 2019 and into 2020. These risks spread to encompass SMBs, municipalities, community agencies, and enterprise organizations. Give yourself and your business leaders peace of mind by working with data and system protection experts to develop a strategic backup and disaster recovery plan for your business.

Planning for disaster recovery is essential for businesses to be proactive; not reactive. Putting a plan together can mitigate even the worst disasters, ensuring business continuity and success for years to come.

Storagepipe can Help! 

The business costs of a data breach for business owners can be catastrophic but forewarned is forearmed. Our clients rest easy knowing that they have the tools in place to protect their business and clients from data disasters.

Learn more about what’s involved in planning a disaster recovery and business continuity strategy for your organization here.