Hurricanes. Flooding. Power outages. Cybercrimes. A clumsy intern with a soda bottle. An IT disaster can come in many forms: man-made or natural, accidental or on purpose.
The results, however, are often the same: critical loss of data and unsustainable downtimes. In fact, up to 60% of organizations that experienced data loss from a disaster are out of business within six months.
And this isn’t just about enterprises.
Small business owners are facing the same threat, which is why more of them are moving their data backup and disaster recovery to an outsourced, managed services provider.
If you’re a small to mid-sized business and are still handling your storage and backup needs on-prem, here are some reasons to make the switch.
The 4 main benefits small businesses gain from outsourcing data backup include:
- Business continuity
- Cost savings on time and labor
- Expert support
1. Business Continuity
When unplanned downtimes happen, your company needs to get up and fully running again as quickly as possible.
With a managed backup solution in place, your business is ready to weather any storm—from power outages to human error to malware to, well, storms.
When disaster strikes, your service provider can spin up your server in the cloud in a matter of hours, allowing you to return to operation quickly without suffering significant downtime or critical data loss.
Companies grow in size and companies consolidate. As your business changes, so will the data storage and bandwidth you’ll need.
An outsourced backup solution offers unprecedented flexibility so that your storage capacity needs are always met.
You won’t have to pay for space you’re not using or worry about running out of space as your company expands.
And while there are generally costs associated with upgrading, they are far less than what you would spend on additional equipment and hardware, not to mention the costs associated with setup, deployment, and maintenance.
3. Time and Labor Saver
To piggyback on that last thought, data backup and storage requires time and special skillsets that may not be available in small businesses.
It’s a non-stop process of saving, compressing, verifying, and then confirming that your disaster recovery plan is in place.
Outsourcing eliminates the complexity, expense, and manual tasks typically devoted to these activities, allowing your IT staff to focus on other aspects of your business.
4. Expert Support
When you partner with a backup service provider, you have specialized cloud techs and engineers working on your behalf and providing round-the-clock system health monitoring.
Other services you’ll enjoy include automated alerts, analysis, and reporting for compliance.
Most of all, though, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that, should an issue arise, it will be tackled and resolved in a timely manner.
As with all cloud-based services, outsourcing data backup requires a high-speed, reliable and trustworthy connection.
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