People are asking the wrong question. And it’s been going on for quite some time, particularly in the higher echelons of business.
The question shouldn’t be “How much is it going to cost to buy this backup and recovery software for our business?” What it should be is “How much are we going to lose if we don’t get it?”
The answer? A lot. If you’re a Sysadmin that asks to get proper backup and recovery software and is turned down by management, get it in writing. Because when the chips fall and the business loses, you don’t want to be blamed for taking that gamble.
Cold, Hard Facts of Going Without Backup and Recovery Software
Your business ends.
Got your attention? Good. That’s how simple it is. How that happens can be in a multitude of ways, from catastrophic data loss to a total loss of customer confidence. In the end, the result is the same.
Over 70% of businesses have been taken down by data loss. The size of these businesses range from your small commercial outlets to your massive enterprise businesses. Nobody is too small or too large to fail.
In the digital age, data is a business-critical element. Without it, the whole thing falls apart. Think about how much you store on paper compared to in digital format. Imagine if it was all gone, from payroll to customer purchases.
If that’s not enough reason to pay for some backup and recovery software, I don’t know what is.
It Costs You A Lot More Money To Go Without
Sure, you save some money in the short term to skimp out. But that’s like removing the airbags and seat-belts from a car. Running a business in this day and age without having backup and recovery software is doing exactly that.
When your systems and servers go down, you’re losing lots of money. For a small business, the cost of a single hour of downtime is on average sixteen times that of some backup and recovery software.
For those in charge of finances, the math should be pretty simple. The cost of downtime far outweighs the cost of some disaster recovery software.
You Need More Reasons?
Those two seem pretty good. The consequences may be dire, but the solution is quite simple. Get some backup and recovery software! Then, once you’ve got it, put in place a 3-2-1 backup plan. Remember: your backup software is only good if you actually use it!