You may already think you are safe using ordinary hard drives or tape for backing up your critical business data; but your external hard drives and in-house tape backup are subject to the very same risks as your laptops and servers. It can break down, get stolen and, unless you actually have it stored in an external location, it is just as likely to get destroyed in case of a fire or flood.
Fact is that 100% of hard drives eventually fail and it’s one of the reasons that 25% of all PC users suffer data loss each year. Add to that the fact that 7 out of 10 small businesses that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year of that loss. Are you willing to run that risk?
Not only is hard drive and tape backup playing jeopardy with your business, it is also an extremely complicated, costly and time-consuming solution. With the ever-increasing amount of business data it’s important that you have a backup solution that’s flexible and can easily be adapted to your needs. Traditional backup solutions are not flexible; they are complicated, expensive and time-consuming to set up and maintain.
Research shows that the majority of businesses that backup using external hard drives do so inconsistently and often skip backup procedures due to the manual work involved. Even if you do backup regularly, why would you expect your external hard drive or server to be less exposed to the risk of theft or disaster than your computer?