Disaster Recovery – What is Your Level of Preparedness?
Businesses use information technology to quickly and effectively process information. Employees use email and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) telephone systems to communicate. Electronic data interchange (EDI) is used to transmit data including orders and payments from one company to another. Servers process information and store large amounts of data. Desktop computers, laptops, and wireless devices are used by employees to create, process, manage and communicate information. What do you do when your technology stops working?1
Should you be worried or concerned?
You should be. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), more than 40% of businesses never reopen after a disaster, and for those that do, only 29% were still operating after two years. And unfortunately, what happens to many of those that lost their information technology for nine days or more after a disaster — bankruptcy within a year.2
“If nothing else, protect your files.” – Anonymous.
Every IT guy worth his salt will tell you to backup, backup, backup. But even then, it’s not enough. Sometimes it takes the loss of your family’s photos, stored on an irreparable hard drive, to convince you to back up. Or maybe a massive hurricane hits the coast, and you’re unable to rescue your business computers before the floodwaters engulfed your office. Here at BCOS, we want everyone to have the peace of mind that comes from knowing your files backup to a cloud drive and are available for restoration on any PC.
There are many sync tools available, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive. However, none of these tools do what a file backup tool can do. File backup can capture those photos you placed in a folder on your desktop, or the freshly written proposal you saved in Documents instead of Dropbox, or the numerous bookmarks you’ve stashed in your favorite browser. File backup tools such as BCOS Backup can be used to capture all these items and save them to the cloud.
Level 1 Pricing
For added recovery capabilities, BCOS can provide image and database backup through the same software. Extra backup capabilities are particularly crucial for computers with databases (such as SQL or Quickbooks) and even more important for servers. For servers, capturing an image of the operating system and being able to restore to the same or new hardware allows companies to recover from a disaster within 24 hours instead of days or weeks. If your small (or large) business is running one or more servers, please confirm you are performing image backups of those servers, and capturing separate database backups for faster restoration and test database management. If you are not currently at this minimum level for your server(s), consider BCOS Backup your quick, clean, cloud-based solution.
Level 2 Pricing
How much is your potential revenue loss per hour if you’re down? What if you lost two full business days? At the end of the month? The potential loss of revenue through downtime and the inability to access data could be detrimental to a company, and the longer that time extends, the more concerning it can become.
BCOS and Datto have partnered to provide blazing fast, secure disaster recovery in it’s purest form. From the minute Alto with backup for a single server and restoration of the server instantly in a cloud environment, to the Siris device line with instant onsite virtualization and cloud restoration, we have a device that will fit your needs and budget. Datto also provides the software that manages all servers and workstations under the IT Managed Services offered by BCOS. Therefore notifications of backup failures or restoration requests go directly to BCOS technical team for timely assistance.
Level 3 Pricing
- IT Disaster Recovery Plan | Ready.gov, IT Disaster Recovery Plan, https://www.ready.gov/business/implementation/IT
- Will Your Business Recover From Disaster?, Will Your Business Recover From Disaster?, https://www.forbes.com/sites/causeintegration/2014/09/04/will-your-business-recover-from-disaster/#2aaf2a09295c, Ryan Scott