A true story…

With an auditor expected the following day, Company A planned to back up its computer. In fact, the company had every intention of purchasing a backup drive that very day. Every “t” would be crossed, and every “i” would be dotted in preparation for the audit; that was the plan anyway. Unfortunately, when an attempt was made to boot-up the computer for the workday, the computer wouldn’t start. The hard drive had failed!

Coincidentally, one town over, Company B also experienced a hard drive failure. But Company B had a file storage system which could sustain a drive failure. In addition, the company also had a robust backup system.

Company A lost a considerable amount of data and incurred other expenses due to business downtime. Conversely, Company B lost no data and had no unscheduled downtime as a result of the failure.

What made the difference? Company B used foresight.

A few important considerations:

  1. Unimportant Data – If you don’t back-up because you consider your data to be unimportant, ask: “If my data is truly unimportant, why am I storing it?” Likely your data is not unimportant.
  2. Important Data – It is critical that important data be backed up. All devices will eventually fail. Don’t wait till it is too late.
  3. Backup Systems – They are critical to recovery following a failure. Backup systems are also vital in the event of a multitude of other disasters.
  4. Storage Redundancy – Devices can cost effectively store data and have the ability to sustain some failures, yet continue to work. Couple this with a backup system to give you even more protection.

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