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Disaster Recovery Plans Increase Customer Trust

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With all of its advantages and conveniences, technology is an important part of our everyday lives. Personally, we use it to mange our finances, our memories and our schedules. At the business level, everything involves technology–business telephone systems in Lincoln, Nebraska, monitor service across the country; video conferencing solutions in Baltimore, Maryland, enable business executives to avoid expensive travel.

When technology is interrupted, however, the implications are significant. For instance, 40,000 hard drives crash in the U.S. each week and
people lose 12,000 laptops in U.S. airports every week. What are you doing to make sure that technological interruptions or losses do not create a personal or business crisis? Are you contracting with a company or service that can help ensure that lost data can be retrieved?

From loss of personal data and storage, to the implications of big business downtime costs exceeding $50,000 per hour (as reported by 80% of 200 data center managers), the importance of a having a disaster recovery plan is imperative. Hiring a source for backup disaster plans is arguably as important as the development of new IT systems.

When most people think of protecting their digital data and services they concentrate on storage. In fact, given the choice of only being able to move one application to the cloud, 25% of respondents say they would choose storage.

Data protection, however, is only the first step toward disaster recovery, but if all you have is protected data and cannot access, it you’re not really prepared for a disaster. In spite of this, only 29% of organizations say they are taking advantage of affordable public cloud storage.

Power outages cost the U.S. money and data every single year. While long term outages may make the news, it is not just these long term outages causing problems. Short blackouts … which occur several times a year in many places throughout America… add up to a yearly estimated economic loss between $104 billion and $164 billion.

Working with a small company for home data, or a larger service for business needs, having a data protection plan, and even more importantly a disaster recovery plan, becomes more and more important each day. For most companies, the first decision is to create a plan in-house or outsource to a company that specializes in disaster recovery for your most important data storage and services.

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