How to Mitigate the Risk of Data Loss and Disruption in 2016

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Decide Where to Store Your Backup

While there are many storage options, they can be broken down into either on-site or offsite. On-site backup — which lets you recover data quickly but is more vulnerable to natural disaster — is usually stored on a local device, such as network attached storage (NAS) or storage area network (SAN). Offsite backup, including backing up to the cloud, might take a little longer to recover information but will keep your data safe from natural disasters.

Given these pros and cons, a good rule of thumb is the 3-2-1 rule of backup: have three copies of your data in two different locations – one of which is offsite. Using both local and cloud backup together will ensure that you have those three copies both at your place of business and in the cloud. 

As we plan for 2016, IT professionals should reexamine and re-evaluate disaster recovery plans for their companies. Assessing current programs provides IT professionals the opportunity to enact proper best practices to deal with emergencies related to data loss and downtime. Preventing downtime is particularly crucial for small to midsize businesses (SMBs), which can suffer losses as great as $8,220 to $25,600 an hour, according to new research from IDC. The U.S. Small Business Administration even reports that 40 to 60 percent of small businesses fail to reopen after a disaster.

What can SMB IT pros do to prevent this data and financial loss heading into 2016? They must prepare their IT plans ahead of time. From human error to a power outage or an earthquake that disrupts databases and servers, man-made and natural disasters are unavoidable. Thankfully, SMBs have the ability to avoid the loss of important business-critical data in the face of such circumstances.

In this slideshow, David Raissipour, SVP of Engineering, Carbonite, has outlined the top five best practices to follow in order to mitigate the risk of data loss or disruption.


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