Is Your Backup Plan Everything It Should Be?

In the futuristic sci-fi blockbuster I, Robot, Will Smith plays a detective investigating a homicide. Along the way, he gets help from an unlikely ally, the man whose death he’s investigating.

The victim was a scientist. He knew his life was about to end. In an effort to help solve the mystery of his own death, he left behind a hologram of himself. The hologram interacted with Smith’s character, passing along vital clues for the investigation.

But a hologram isn’t the same as a person. Sometimes the conversation was painfully basic.

More than once, Smith’s character asked the hologram something complex. Something the hologram had not been programmed to answer. The hologram replied the same way each time.

“I’m sorry. My responses are limited. You must ask the right questions.”

There’s a powerful lesson in that quote. Whether you’re launching your first entrepreneurial effort or a seasoned executive, the key to overcoming most business challenges is learning how to ask the right questions.

That’s certainly the case when it comes to data backup.

The right questions.

Data backup and disaster recovery are essential components for any business of any size. If you rely on technology, you can’t afford to lose a massive chunk of data. With headlines every other day about ransomware and dozens of other kinds of disasters, both natural and malicious, you need to know your data is safe.

So, what should you be asking about your data backup and disaster recovery strategy? What are the right questions?

Is your data backed up?

Granted, this is a really basic question. In fact, given the subject we’re exploring, it might seem like one you don’t even need to ask. Boy, do we wish that were the case.

The numbers paint a different picture. An overwhelming 49% of internet users don’t backup their data in any way. Clearly, there are some folks out there who still don’t see the value of backups.

Let’s go ahead and clear that up. Backing up your data is important. Really important. If you’re not convinced, the next four questions may sway you.

Are you protected from the unknown?

The “disasters” in disaster recovery come in two varieties: natural and malicious.

Natural disasters include floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and anything else that would qualify as “an act of God.” While you might get a little warning with some of these, they’re entirely unpredictable. There’s no way to know when they’ll strike. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20% of businesses experience one of these every year.

Similarly, malicious attacks, like ransomware viruses, seem to come out of nowhere. Cyber criminals favor sneak attacks. They don’t call before they come over. According to IBM, “50% of small and midsized organizations reported suffering at least one cyberattack in the last 12 months.”

A backup and disaster recovery plan gives you a way to bounce back when something unexpected happens.

Are you prepared for imperfect people?

Debbie in accounting hit delete when she meant to hit save. Dave in sales managed to completely clear your customer database. Dustin, your well-meaning office manager, thought the shared drive was just too cluttered. He went on a cleaning spree that unfortunately included all of your finance records.

None of these are everyday occurrences, but all of them are entirely possible.

Do you put too much trust in your tech?

There’s no such thing as the perfect piece of tech equipment. Even if your gear is top-tier, hardware fails. Hard drives crash. Networks go down.

Don’t make the mistake of putting too much faith in your system.

How quickly and easily can you recover your data?

That’s why it’s not enough to backup your data. You also need a way to restore it quickly. Every second your network is down eats into your profitability. The difference between SMBs that survive IT disasters and those that don’t often comes down to response time.

Bulletproof backups.

Like the other components of our Absolute IT, bulletproof backups aren’t a luxury. They’re essential. That’s why PCX Technology offers Absolute Backup.

Absolute Backup is more than onsite duplication. It includes that. We use it to quickly restore lost data in the event of an emergency. It’s more than an offsite backup site, though it includes that, too. A third, offsite copy of your data is necessary to truly prevent loss.

Absolute Backup is all the features you’d expect from a complete disaster recovery plan, plus one more critical thing, the support of the PCX team.

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The human touch.

Your backup solution isn’t just about the hardware, software and technology deployed. Without the right people involved, you could still find yourself high and dry.

The pros at PCX take backup support seriously. That’s why we conduct daily tests to make sure your onsite and offsite backups are in good shape. We want to do our part to keep you from experiencing any unnecessary downtime. We understand what’s at stake, and we’re genuinely invested in our clients.

We wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if we weren’t sure your data is safe. Backup support matters that much to us.

Absolute Backup with PCX Technologies.

Do you have a backup and disaster recovery plan? How about a backup and disaster recovery partner? Are you sure your business would survive a disaster? Or are you gambling with the future of your company, just hoping the worst never happens to you?

If you’re ready to close those gaps and give yourself the assurance of a solid backup and disaster recovery plan, PCX can help. We delight in supporting our clients, and we’re confident our backup solutions are solid.

Give us a call today to find out more about how we can help you.