Are you investing in the protection of your data, or betting against disaster?
by Scott Jordan, Founder / CTO
DELTEC Information Solutions
Interestingly, backup is still one of the most frequent conversations we have with prospective clients. It seems like every other day we are talking with someone new who is really nervous about their data in the event of a disaster. And rightly so, considering some of the scenarios we hear about. They run the gamut from old tape systems, to portable hard disk drives, to pocket memory keys (!). Occasionally, someone will even admit that they aren’t really sure when their data was last successfully backed up.
Data is one of the most valuable assets in any business today. As businesses accumulate more and more data, and depend upon that data for everything from daily operations to competitive advantage, it is critical that the business places appropriate value on the protection of this asset. How long could your business effectively function without your computer systems and the information they contain? Loss of data impacts the business in many ways. Downtime and lost opportunity during a recovery are significant, but if data cannot be recovered, there can be crippling losses in terms of uncollected receivables, lost opportunities, missed orders, legal liability, and regulatory reporting requirements, not to mention loss of goodwill and potential negative publicity.
If the data that a business accumulates is of such great value, shouldn’t the protection and accessibility of this data one of the top priorities of every IT strategy? The answer is surprisingly simple, and follows the old adage; “out of sight, out of mind.” The truth is, most business executives are unaware of how exposed they are until the inevitable disaster strikes. Then, unfortunately, there is no time for strategy, or a managed process, just reaction and damage control. The truth is, backup is a lot like insurance. You invest in it, hoping you never have to use it. When you do have to use it, however, you are always glad it is there. Most IT Managers I have met hate to deal with backup too. It is usually one of their top maintenance headaches, and eats up a good share of their capital budget to upgrade and replace equipment and software every few years. So, while no one likes to think about it, they shudder to imagine the aftermath of a serious data loss.
The good news is that DELTEC has developed a turnkey solution to manage and protect your data from disaster. Our SysCare® Assure™ Services provide a secure, managed process that automatically backs up and protects your information in local and cloud-based storage systems. Based on your unique requirements for downtime tolerance, retention policy, and specific program support such as Microsoft SQL or Exchange, DELTEC consultants can custom tailor a process that meets your needs and fits your budget. On-premise high-speed, high capacity managed disk systems provide fast recovery for lost data and failed hard drives, while secure off-site cloud-based storage provides disaster recovery in case of the loss of a facility or multiple systems. Then, DELTEC can completely manage the process for you, taking the headaches off your plate and giving you confidence that the lifeblood of your business is secure. You don’t have to own or maintain any equipment or software, and the whole process can be treated as an operating expense, preserving already thin capital budgets.
In terms of return on investment, SysCare® Assure™ can more than pay for itself in one downtime incident. Being a completely managed solution, you also save time and productivity that you staff spends managing your current backup process and solving inevitable backup failures. Given the value, the low monthly fee will amaze you. And best of all, SysCare® Assure™ is available from DELTEC Information Solutions, a name you can trust.
Call DELTEC today for a free data protection consultation! Phone: 800-386-5639 or 765-286-5639.