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Top 4 Causes of Data Disaster (and How to Deal With Them)

If you’re an IT professional, the headline above probably caused you to utter the word “DUH” under your breath. Hey, we get it. But in the event of a data disaster caused by one of the four issues below, do you know how you’ll take care of the situation?

So many information technology pros are buried in day-to-day maintenance and other chores, that backing up critical data and making sure it is recoverable in the event of a disaster often gets put on the back burner. You know what they say about an ounce of prevention, though.

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Don’t let this happen to your business.

There are a lot of what-ifs involved, but here are the four key problems that can potentially cause a lost-data disaster (as noted in this story by


Hardware failure is the No. 1 cause of downtime for small to mid-sized businesses, as it is named as the cause 55 percent of the time, according to With levels of redundancy such as multiple power supplies, network controllers and hard drives, it may seem like your bases are covered. But anything can happen, and it’s nearly impossible to truly expect the unexpected. What if the A/C fails on a hot August day, and the heat fries your components? What if the boss brings her yappy little dog to work, and it chews through the power cord?

Heck, even a storage-area network (SAN) can die on you. Then what?


It isn’t always the server’s fault. According to, 22 percent of disasters are caused by human error. This could include someone who doesn’t know what they are doing accidentally wiping out a file system on a server, or someone accidentally deleting important files that aren’t properly backed up. Heck, it could come down to someone spilling a soda in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Software failure ranks third in overall disasters at 18 percent, and it’s no wonder, given the number of patches routinely sent out. Heck, as B2C points out, Microsoft releases so many patches that it has dedicated a day of the week to sending them. The actual problem lies in the lack of attention to testing patches before they are sent out — and a faulty patch can corrupt applications and bring down entire systems or make them otherwise unavailable.

And don’t forget about the viruses and malware many of those patches are created to thwart. In fact, in the first half of 2012, 36 percent of targeted attacks were unleashed on small to mid-sized businesses, which was double the number seen in a six-month period in 2011, according to the “Symantec Internet Security Threat Report.” Yikes.


Tornadoes, earthquakes and the like are often the first that come to mind when we consider the word “disaster,” but these comprise just 5 percent of data disaster causes. Still, such disasters don’t mess around. A report from HP and SCORE states that 70 percent of small firms that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year.

Yikes again.


There are a number of solutions, obviously, but as we at TDV Cloud always say, it’s all about the recovery. Finding the solution that is right for your company will take some time and research, but it’s necessary work. For many years, tape and disk backup dominated the disaster recovery industry, but there are limitations in terms of backup frequency and restore times.

We, of course, are believers in Asigra-powered backup, restore and recovery (BURR). With TDV Cloud, in fact, businesses in the Louisville, Ky., region can not only have the security of cloud backup that enables an organization to download their data, but they also have the option of having a fully ready disk backup delivered.

Find out more about this solution by downloading our free white paper.

More and more people are using traditional tape and disk backup as a hybrid solution with the cloud as well; many have observed that data tape is more economical for long-term storage of files that don’t need to be accessed regularly or quickly.

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