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Why You Need a Disaster Recovery Plan

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Disaster Recovery Plan“Disaster recovery: it is an expense my company can do without. It is not that important.” That is, unfortunately, the opinion of 41% of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB), according to the “2011 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey.” Even worse, 50% of respondents did not have a disaster recovery plan in place. Of those businesses that did have a plan in place, 80% did not have a reliable backup solution.

Does your business have a disaster recovery plan in place? If not, why?

Why You Need a Disaster Recovery Plan

  1. In the past two years, more than 50% of businesses experienced an unforeseen interruption to normal, everyday business, causing 81% of these businesses to close for one or more days.
  2. Every week 140,000 hard drives crash in the United States.
  3. 31% of PC users have lost all of their files due to events beyond their control.
  4. According to a study conducted by Gartner in 2004, downtime cost an average of $42,000 an hour. In 2012, a study conducted by Aberdeen reported that this figure had ballooned to between $98,000 and $138,000 an hour.
  5. 40% of small businesses affected by a disaster will never reopen, according to research from the Insurance Institute.
  6. 93% of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster.
  7. Still, 90% of SMBs spend less than 8 hours over the course of a month planning or managing their business continuity plans, according to analysts from Hughes Marketing Group.
  8. 34% of companies fail to test their tape backups, and of those that do, 77% have found tape backup failures.
  9. Companies that do not resume operations within ten days of a disaster are not likely to survive.
  10. The survival rate for companies without a disaster recovery plan is less than 10%. 90% of businesses that lose data as the result of a disaster are forced to close within two years.

“Disaster recovery: it is an expense my company can do without. It is not that important.” Do you still feel that way now?

Disaster Recovery Services from Working Nets in Baltimore, Maryland

At Working Nets, we were founded to provide small businesses, like yours, with expert information technology support they needed. Our disaster recovery services help ensure your vital business data is kept safe and secure!

If you have any questions about Disaster Recovery, please contact Working Nets by calling (443) 992-7394 or visit WorkingNets.com today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Disaster Recovery Horror Story #2: What do Ants and Disaster Recovery have in Common?

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According to the “2011 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey,” 50% of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB) have no disaster recovery plan in place.  Of the businesses, that do have a disaster recovery plan in place, 80% don’t have a reliable backup solution. So what’s keeping 80% of businesses from protecting their critical data? Well, at least 41% of SMBs just do not think it is important.

Let’s take a look at another company that didn’t think disaster recovery was important…

Disaster Recovery Horror Story #2: What do Ants and Disaster Recovery have in Common?

In 2007, a photographer in Thailand noticed a trail of ants. He followed this trail only to discover the ants had made their home in his external hard drive. So, the photographer did what anyone would do. He grabbed his bottle of ant spray and sprayed his pesky hard drive inhabitants.

The ants didn’t make it, and neither did the drive or the data.

Unfortunately, the photographer did not have any sort of disaster recovery plan in place and, as a result, lost all of his important business data.

Baltimore Disaster Recovery Services

At Working Nets, we were founded to provide small businesses, like yours, with expert information technology support. We know computer and network performance is crucial to the success of your business. This is why we offer disaster recovery services to help protect your vital business data.

If you have any questions, please contact Working Nets by calling (443) 992-7394 or visit WorkingNets.com today!

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System Downtime costs Companies $366,363 annually. Fight Back!

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Where did all the data go?

Shockingly, according to the 2012 Acronis Disaster Recovery Index survey, system downtime costs companies an average of $366,363 annually. The survery, which was conducted by the Ponemon Institute and data protection software developer Acronis, found that 86% of companies suffered costly downtime the year before, losing an average of 2.2 days annually. The primary culprits were…

  1. Human Error: 60% of respondents cited human error as the most common cause of downtime.
  2. Data Storage: 70% of respondents cited data storage and the moving of data between different physical, virtual and cloud environments as the biggest cause of downtime.

According to Continuity Software, a New York-based provider of service availability risk management solutions, data storage carries the biggest risk for data loss and costly downtime. The company found that…

  1. The primary cause of downtime and data loss in 58% of cases is storage.
  2. Servers come in second at 17%.
  3. Clusters account for 11%.
  4. Virtualization and the cloud, 9%.
  5. Databases round out the group at 5%.

What is perhaps most shocking is what follows. According to Continuity Software’s findings, 25% of downtime results in Response Time Objective (RTO) violations, which increase downtime. Why? According to Working Nets own David Spigelman, the primary culprit behind RTO violations could be fear.

“The first question the boss is going to ask is, ‘Why didn’t we have that covered?’” explained David. “And if you don’t have a good answer to that question, there’s a real fear that you should have.”

According to a 2011 EVault survey, 17% of IT decision makers would rather have their teeth pulled without painkillers than inform their bosses of critical data loss. And for good reason. Major data loss can be devastating for a business. Of companies that experience a major loss of business data 51% close within 2 years, while 43% never recover.

Do you want to know the secret to minimizing downtime and data loss? Be proactive! Having a disaster recovery and data backup system in place is the best way to minimize downtime and get your business back on track quickly.

Minimize Costly Downtime with Working Nets, your Virtual IT Department!

Downtime is a business owner’s worst nightmare.  This is why data protection and recovery is crucial. At Working Nets, we help ensure that your vital business data is kept secure if disaster strikes. We provide top-notch information technology services to companies who don’t require an IT department, but do need reliable assistance when challenges arise.

By reducing downtime, your office remains more productive and ultimately more profitable!

If you have any questions, please contact Working Nets by calling (443) 992-7394 or visit WorkingNets.com today!

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6 Surprising Surveys About Causes And Effects Of System Downtime