If you love your data you should protect your data. From what you ask? If we slice the lost-data-pie-chart, hard drive failure gets the biggest piece at 44%. If you also include portable drive failure that percentage jumps to 67%. Other causes include human error (e.g., when a novice attempts to recover data from a malfunctioning hard drive -- recovery should be left to the pros) viral contamination and software corruption. Those of our readers who reside near the fault lines that crisscross the Puget Sound Basin might assume that natural disasters deserve some of the data loss pie chart. And they do -- a meager 1%. What the lost-data-pie-chart tells us is that if we love our data we should be backing up our hard drives and learning how to recover what is stored on them in the event they go south to San Andreas without leaving a forwarding address. Additionally, we should inoculate our hard drives with software updates and anti-virus protection software.
Although backing up your home computer's hard drive requires little time and as little as a $1 investment in a CD-ROM, backing up your business data is a far more daunting task. Most small businesses and independents rely on their computer day in and day out to manage the details of their business: who bought what when for how much and who didn't buy what when and why not. What happens if such vast amounts of data are lost? How will that impact your daily business functions?
Most of us have lost data, a file here, a file there. Though when all of your data disappears in a nanosecond, the situation becomes critical especially when you calculate the hours that it took you to-date to create all of the files, records, correspondence, forms, account records et al and then imagine trying to resurrect those files, records, correspondence and forms in a crisis, in a business-not-as-usual environment and you will quickly see the need to love your data enough to back it up.
40% of small businesses don't backup their data
Data includes insurance policies, your client contact information, tax records for eFilers, contracts, Requests for Proposals, blog posts, email archives, sales records, vendor contact information, inventory management records, your business expense reports, your QuickBooks records, et al. Think of your data as anything that you produce with pen and paper, contract for or use a computer to create, manage or record.
More than one person needs to know how to restore and find data. For example, if you use
It takes 19 days and costs $17,000 to retype 20MB of data
the bWyse Backup system to backup your data, someone besides you should know in a data melt down situation to call 425-885-9976 24/7. If you are storing your data in your garage someone should know which shelf it's on.
60% of businesses that lose their data shut down within 6 months
Why not spend a penny today for chance to spend thousands tomorrow while you are in the throes of grieving your data loss? If you truly love your business' data, those seemingly endless number of files you painstakingly worked so hard to create, it needs protection. Love your data, protect your data.