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Building Your Backup And Disaster Recovery Plan 101

Most businesses today must run 24/7; there's no room for downtime. In the globalized economy, operating in failsafe mode is imperative because, let's be honest: lost data of any kind—email, corporate financials, archived and updated legal proceedings, payroll records, databases and so on—can cost a business not only time and money, but rob it of its future altogether.

A recent study highlights the stakes: "Of companies experiencing a ‘major loss' of computer records, 43 percent never reopened, 51 percent closed within two years of the loss, and a mere 6 percent survived over the long-term"

Of course, there's no telling how or when that "major loss" will occur, but when it comes, the small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that survive are the ones that are prepared. They have a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution in place that includes the reliable, efficient and daily backup of essential information, as well as a clear plan for recovering that information. IT managers can't afford to be caught with their pants down. Now is the time to create an effective BDR plan or review one already in place before disaster strikes.