Want to hear some truly scary small business stats? Here goes:
Can you afford losing $100,000 a year? I thought not. Yet many small businesses say that daily backups are “too expensive and too troublesome” to perform. What’s the answer? Cloud-based backup through managed services. But don’t take my word for it. Let’s look at some more evidence.
It’s Called Backup and Recovery for a Reason
Of the small businesses that do backup daily, 23 percent don’t regularly test their backup mechanisms to see if they work, according to the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council’s . That is, they don’t take the critical step of making sure they can actually retrieve their data in case of an outage or loss. There goes the “recovery” part of backup and recovery.
As a result, the vast majority of organizations get such poor grades for disaster recovery that they risk not recovering from an outage.
If you’re in a hurricane zone region where wildfires are common during dry months, or some other geography that’s impacted by the much-publicized extreme weather in recent years, you know this already. But in fact, natural disasters account for just a small fraction of all data losses. The No. 1 cause? Hardware failures.
Cloud Backup through Managed Services: the Hands-Down Best Option
Currently, only 24 percent of small businesses use a cloud-based managed services provider (MSP) for backup, according to . This is expected to explode in coming years.
Benefit No. 1: Time Savings –
With an MSP doing your data backup into the cloud, the whole process becomes invisible to your organization. Suddenly, your IT staff is unburdened from the hassle of performing data backups, physically transferring them offsite, and replicating the data to multiple offsite facilities, if done properly. With managed cloud backup, you don’t even have to push a button. Everything is managed for you behind the scenes with access and visibility provided, on-demand.
And a leading MSP will not only back up your data into the cloud, but they’ll back up the backup into a second cloud that resides on servers in a different physical location. That way, even if a catastrophe wipes out one cloud’s data center, there’s yet another copy of your data available, as if nothing happened at all. And it goes without saying that a good MSP will regularly test the backup and recovery procedures for your business to make sure they actually work.
Benefit No. 2: Avoiding Capital Expense –
The second win is that suddenly your capital expenses drop. No more investment in backup servers—both onsite and offsite—or the backup and restore software itself. Instead, a managed service cloud offering is billed as a subscription based only on what you use. Suddenly all the CapEx is being transferred to OpEx—usually a much more welcome type of expense for small businesses.
Benefit No. 3: Tap into Outside Expertise –
The third win is that you no longer have to worry about whether you have deployed the right technology, whether it’s time to upgrade, or what the latest backup processes are for ensuring business continuity in case of a disaster—manmade or otherwise. Your MSP has true data backup experts on hand to handle all that, and to ensure that your data is safe. In addition, if you have a question or an issue, you have access to an expert who can help you solve a business problem with an efficient, affordable technology solution.
Sleep better at night
True, the statistics are scary, but they don’t have to be. Nothing is easier than subscribing to a cloud-based managed services backup provider. Your data worries evaporate overnight, so you can concentrate on the aspects of your IT infrastructure that add true value to the business. Eight hours of sleep a night. Now, that’s a statistic I can get behind.