According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) On July 4th, 2018 fireworks caused over 1400 structural fires and over 43 million in property damages. Among those 1400 structural fires are businesses all over the country of different sizes and professions. If your office were to be one of those 1400 unfortunate buildings, you better hope that you have a backup plan for all of that data you have acquired since your organizations birth.
Fires are not the only thing that can cause a devastating loss to your business. Tornadoes, burglaries, and ransomware attacks can also result in data losses that can set your organization back years. That is unless your data is backed up to a secondary location. That is where we at Current Technologies can help. Backing up your data to either a secondary offsite server or the cloud can help your business pick right up where you left off in the event of a disaster.
What to Consider
Storing data offsite is a leap of faith. Now your data is being protected by someone else. The argument is that outsourced storage providers are doing the job at scale. They have specialists, the latest hardware and will be all over patching, upgrades and monitoring.
A particular case for sensitive information
When considering a move to offsite storage, it is important to ask whether that should include all your data. Your business might have sensitive information you should keep in-house. That is especially true if that information is what makes your business unique. Not all information in your systems is created equal, and your storage strategy should take that into account.
Speed to recovery
Also, there is the important question of how long it will take to get your data back in the case of a disaster. When the missing data is mission critical, your business could freeze in the time it takes to get it back online.
If you have to download terabytes from the cloud, you could be facing a tough wait to get systems back up and running.
The case for hedging your bets
Even if you opt for offsite storage, it might be prudent to hedge your bets. Just scanning the advantages and disadvantages of onsite and offsite storage, it is easy to see how it is possible to have the best of both worlds by retaining some onsite storage at the same time as introducing offsite storage.