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World Backup Day brings home the significance of data

Jan-Jaap Jager | April 14, 2015
Backup is critical – yes, strategic – to every business because your business runs on data and backup is the only way to protect it.

Another well known cause for data loss is hardware failure. Hard drives, for instance. The HDD from one manufacturer may work for several years without fail, while those from another manufacturer may work two or three years less.

Hard drive reliability directly depends on how long it remains actively operational. According to the results of different studies ~3% of all HDDs break down during the first year of active use because of a manufacturing defect. Further, every following year they break down with a 6-8% probability.

Challenge of Big Data

Besides hardware problems and external factors there is a new term that is now common currency: Big Data. It means unstructured data without a specific format (video streams, audio, texts, GPS data and anything else) in large volumes. The problem of data storage and processing is now at the forefront for businesses, but it will soon become very critical for home users. How many more new digital video recorders, action cameras, HD reflex cameras do we have? You know, a reflex camera shutter clicks so fast, and people like to take a lot of pictures of one moment to later select the best one? Not many people sort them out later to remove the unnecessary ones. And one cannot just delete everything, after all it was a vacation full of memories. Today's hard drives can store 500 times more information than they could 10 years ago. The volume of data is itself becoming a problem.

Data loss needs to be viewed very seriously. According to the US Federal Emergency Management Agency,  40-60% of small businesses never reopen after a critical loss of data. Gartner says that 40% of small and medium businesses having their own local network with an Internet access shall be subject to hacking, and 50 percent will not even know anything about it.

According to the US-based National Computer Security Association, without an adequate backup copy the cost and time lost during data recovery adds up to the following figures:

  • 19 days and $17000 to restore 20 MBs of sales and marketing data;
  • 21 days and $19000, in order to restore 20 MBs of accounting data;
  • 42 days and $98000, to restore 20 MBs of engineering data;

Backup to protect

Executives need to make their data protection requirements a part of the strategic plan for IT.  Backup and Disaster Recovery planning, implementation, and regular recovery testing are essential to the survival of the business.  The ideal solution will provide an integrated suite of products that deliver unified control, management, and reporting for your entire environment regardless of the size of your organization, the number of data types, the number and types of operating system platforms and applications.


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