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$$$ Backups vs. Disaster Recovery $$$

Clients want to see a good ROI when implementing a backup plan, but sometimes the cost of a routine backup plan can seem a little expensive. You have to look at the short term cost vs. the long term savings. Want to know how much a single instance of disaster recovery costs? New River Computing partners with Drive Savers Data Recovery for sensitive, intricate recovery when the drive needs to be disassembled in an ISO 5 cleanroom due to mechanical failure.  The starting price for this type of hardware level data recovery is no less than about $500 per incident, but can be as much as $1,500 and up. Add multiple hard drives to this scenario (server RAID or NAS device) and the price starts increasing rapidly.

We suggest that small businesses in particular exercise caution when selecting and implementing a backup plan – your data is literally your business and a proper plan will help preserve it. Recent statistics documented by the online backup provider Carbonite demonstrate that while 42% of small businesses use flash drives, only 6% of those businesses consider the drives reliable. Even worse, one-third of those surveyed still use CD or DVD backups even though 62% consider the method risky. More importantly, the survey found that 1 in 5 small businesses is not aware of its amount of data, making the process of choosing an appropriate backup solution nearly impossible.

Company and personal data is something you always need to consider. Do not wait for a worst-case scenario because you may lose data. It’s not that hard drives might fail, it’s that hard drives will fail, and you will protect your business by properly protecting and backing up your data.

Be prepared with a solid backup routine. We stress the need for good offsite and onsite backups and suggest you keep three copies of your data: the primary data and two backups. Store the backups on two different media, cloud, magnetic, optical, etc., and keep one copy offsite. New River Computing implements onsite local server backups and offsite backups to our own servers using AppAssure. If disaster strikes one of our client’s, we can quickly have them up and running with virtually no loss in productivity or earnings.

When disaster strikes, the one thing our clients want to hear is that their data is safe and can be recovered. Unfortunately, we cannot always tell them that…unless they have a solid backup plan in place. Do you?

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