Technology is the foundation of everything that your business does, from minor tasks to major operational functions. Losing access to any part of that technology for any reason is a recipe for disaster, and one that most businesses are wholly unprepared to deal with. Statistics gathered in January of 2017 show that 43% of small and mid-sized businesses have already experienced at least one catastrophic network failure at some point in their existence, and recovered from those incidents with varying degrees of success.
The best way to handle a system or network failure is to take steps now to avoid ever having a failure happen in the first place. Prevention measures truly can make all the difference, especially when every minute counts – both literally and figuratively. Downtime costs a small business an average of $25,806, which is a hefty sum for a smaller operation to face losing. In fact, the financial damage alone that results from a long stretch of downtime can sometimes be enough to sink a business completely.
Unfortunately, even the best-laid plans can be subject to unforeseen circumstances. So while stopping downtime before it happens should be your main goal, having a solution in place to minimize downtime when issues arise is crucial. This is where cloud-based technology proves to be incredibly useful. The cloud can protect your business against the most drastic consequences of a system or network failure – data loss, loss of accessibility, and loss of productivity. You might not be able to control the weather or the actions of a hacker or a careless employee, but with cloud-based data backups in place, you can control what happens to your data.
Keeping your systems and network up and running can spare you and your employees a whole lot of headaches. The common causes of network failure, in particular, can more often than not be avoided completely by putting three simple tricks into practice.
At the end of the day, no other precautions or preventative measures can replace the need for a great data backup and recovery system. This system needs to be reliable, flexible, and accessible under any set of circumstances. While there are a few different approaches you can take here, none can offer the same level of adaptability that the cloud can.
Cloud-based backups have the benefit of existing separate from your internal network, helping to insulate them from malware threats or other issues that can corrupt data stored on your network. If you were to find yourself facing a ransomware infection, you could simply wipe your systems clean and restore your data and applications from your cloud-based backups, saving you the cost of a ransom fee and minimizing your downtime and lost profits. Your cloud provider can also offer failover solutions to protect you from service outages, making sure your data is always accessible when you need it most.
Data stored in the cloud can be restored from anywhere, allowing you the option of running your business from a temporary base of operations if your network failure is caused by inclement weather or another source that damages your physical location as well as disrupting your network services.
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