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Don’t Have Disaster Recovery Plans?

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Despite experts advising otherwise, recent studies have shown that 1 out of every 3 businesses continue to operate without a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy. As hurricanes, river floods, and earthquakes make headlines around the world, there’s never been a better time to get your organization on track to survive (and thrive) after a catastrophic event.

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The good news is that most companies without plans are aware of their vulnerability. 39% stated that they’re developing a plan now (which is largely akin to the old “check is in the mail” excuse), while 26% say they simply lack the funds to put together a plan. This logic in particular is flawed, as the upfront investment required for adequate planning is dwarfed by the potential losses that can come with disasters – both natural and accidental. Whether it’s an IT staff member accidentally cutting power to the server room or a F5 tornado, expensive accidents can happen without warning.

Once the need is recognized, it’s time to determine the best course of action. As with any topic, there are hundreds of articles online from experts featuring one strategy or another, but the truth of the matter is that every business has unique requirements that make “one size fits all” an impossibility. With that in mind, some statistics might be helpful:
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Of the companies that have plans, number one in popularity is disk-based backup, followed closely by remote replication which ships those same hard drives to a separate recovery location. While those two technologies top the popularity list, a system that has been reputed to be dead takes the next spot: magnetic tape. 43% percent said their plans include the use of off-site tape storage as a component of their recovery plans, while cloud-based disaster recovery services brought up the end of the list with 28%.

No matter what method you think is appropriate to meet the unique requirements of your company, it pays to have expert advice throughout the process. Whether you’ve got an in-depth guide already prepared or you’re part of the 33% who are yet to determine contingency plans for your organization, The Data Vault can help develop the best fit for your situation. With a comprehensive slate of services and over 31 years of experience advising people in the Louisville community, our team of experts stand ready to help you in any way we can. Contact us today to get started!

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