3 reasons why every business should have a disaster recovery plan

These days, the Internet and business go hand-in-hand. From retail to banking to SaaS companies, almost everyone has some kind of space online. Think of all the data involved in these websites and applications: customer information, code, security systems, graphic design, copy, inventory, documentation, blog posts, and much more, depending on the nuances of your business.

Now imagine if your website or application crashed and all that data was suddenly gone. And you couldn’t recover it.

Your company could risk going out of business. Your customers would be angry. Mayhem would ensue.

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to prevent this. You just have to plan ahead.

You can prevent catastrophic data loss by properly implementing backups and duplicate production environments for your website or application. Everyone has car insurance, right? Think of these precautions as insurance for your data. You never know when something will go wrong, but you need to be prepared for when it does.

Need more convincing that Managed Disaster Recovery is essential to the health of your business? Here’s a list of our top reasons why every business should have a disaster recovery plan.

1. Your business is not invincible.

Accidents happen. As far as we’ve come with technology, machines (including servers) are still prone to failure. It’s not so much a matter of if it will fail, it’s a matter of when. Secondly, we have to account for human error. Have you ever accidentally deleted something really important and couldn’t recover it? Yeah, it’s not fun. Furthermore, datacenters are not immune to power outages or natural disasters. A fire or flood can be devastating to both your physical server and the information it’s storing. For these reasons, it is vital to have duplicates of your data stored in multiple physical locations. This ensures that your business will be able to operate normally even in the event of a failure. Disasters might be rare, but it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to backing up your data and protecting your business.

2. Customers are the backbone of every business.

Customers are depending on you to provide a service. When your website or application is down, no service is being provided. Downtime not only means that your company is losing money, but you could very well lose customers too (or, at the very least, your customers’ trust). By duplicating your production environment in a different datacenter than your active set-up, you’ll help prevent downtime if your main set-up fails. With Managed Disaster Recovery, we’ll immediately fail-over to your passive location and start fixing the problem on your main one. This minimizes downtime and keeps your customers (and your wallet) happy.

3. The cost of rebuilding outweighs the cost of implementing a duplicate production set-up.

Managed Disaster Recovery is essentially data insurance for your business. If you lose all your data, your business will falter. Studies from the University of Texas show that only six per cent of businesses that suffer from catastrophic data loss survive. 43 per cent never re-open and 51 per cent are shuttered within two years. Those are scary statistics! Don’t let major data loss happen to you; make sure you have redundant production environments and proper backups in place. It’s far less expensive to prevent a disaster than to re-build your business from the ground up.

If you’re a Speedyrails customer, we only charge 35 per cent of the cost of your current production set-up to create a full duplicate of your production environment in a different datacenter than your main set-up. We’ll make sure the duplicate is always in sync with your active set-up and ready to take over if the active set-up fails. Trust us, it’s money well spent.

Want Managed Disaster Recovery? Get Managed Disaster Recovery for only 35% of your current production set-up.

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