We have all heard the horror stories of simple mistakes that lead to costly business disasters. It seems like every day on the news we hear about the next recall or outage that leads to the need for public relations to clean up the mess. More often than not, the damage is too great to overcome and that company which suffered the IT is unable to recover.
Planning for the unknown and unlikely can be difficult but having enough funds to implement an IT disaster recovery plan can seem close to impossible. Often companies are faced with is why we hear about these stories on the news quite frequently. But how unlikely is it that an IT disaster could happen to your company? With the combination of natural disasters, hardware failures and human error, the reality is that data loss is only a matter of when, not if.
Here are 5 top reasons why your company should rethink your IT disaster recovery and prevention plans.
- Machine and hardware fail
While modern IT hardware is fairly resistant to failures, most devices fall far short of a perfect track record. No one is immune to hard disk or internet connection failures. While it can be costly for your company to eliminate any single point of failure in your IT infrastructure, it is the only way to insure that a hardware failure doesn’t interrupt your service or cause data loss. The less expensive and more sensible option would be to have your data backed up regularly. Ideally, and more cost effective than building your own top of the line data center, would be to outsource your IT infrastructure to a leading Infrastructure as a Service managed data center operator. This eliminates any capital expenses while ensuring the strictest protection from service interruptions due to IT infrastructure failures.
- Much like machines, humans are not perfect
Have you ever accidentally saved over a word document or had your computer crash before you could save an important file? It happens to the best of us. Even the most cautious can forget a step in an important process causing data loss or the wrong data to being entered. While very common, these mistakes can often be the hardest to prevent and correct. Creating a series of incremental online data backups lets you easily restore your files to an error free state. Having redundant firewalls, anti-virus and anti-spyware software can ensure that security breaches are protected against if one were to be accidentally disabled or a port accidentally left open. Often times the most important way to prevent human error is in process improvements and quality insurance activities.
- Customers expect perfection
The internet and the web 2.0 revolution have not only forced companies to be more transparent and accountable but competition in all in industries has greatly increased. With increased competition comes lower prices, better service, and less forgiving customers. Most customers demand perfection because they know that if your company can’t provide it, the next competitor in line is ready to give it their best shot to win their business. It’s imperative not to give your customer a reason to leave because of something preventable like an outage in service.
- Customer retention is costly, but customer re-acquisition is devastatingly expensive
While on average it is much cheaper to retain a customer than to acquire a new customer, re-acquiring an old customer after an IT disaster can be next to impossible. It takes a lot to earn customers’ trust but after an IT disaster like loss of data or extended outage in service, trust quickly leaves. This is especially true when your customers are losing up to thousands of dollars per minute of downtime, which is not uncommon in some industries. Most IT disasters are deemed absolutely unacceptable to end users. It is far less expensive to prevent an IT disaster than try to reacquire lost customers after one has occurred.
- You’re only as strong as your weakest link
No business is immune to IT disasters, but there are many things you can do to prevent them or quickly recover. There is no excuse not to have an IT disaster recovery plan in place today. The ideal situation would be to have your production servers in a top tier data center with no single point of failure on the power an network connections and your disaster recovery backup servers at another data center at least 45 miles away in case of a severe natural disaster.
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