I am sure many people will have seen the following statistics.

  • 90% of businesses losing data from a disaster are forced to shut down within two years.
  • The survival rate for companies without a disaster recovery plan is less than 10%.
  • Only 44% [of businesses] successfully recovered information after a recent data recovery event.
  • 53% of claimants never recoup the losses incurred by a disaster.

I have taken these points from a StorageCraft paper.  I hope this is not correct as our experience does not really back this up, we try not to allow our customers to be so exposed in the event of a severe failure.

If you have survived a major systems failure congratulate yourself and thank your team for saving your business.

If you do not have a disaster recovery plan think about creating one. If you have a disaster recovery plan when did you last test it?

If your servers are automatically backed up off site congratulate yourself for protecting your information assets.  You will survive a disaster, but it may not be pretty.

If you do not have an automatic offsite backup consider getting one, it is a simple step and a big one towards a disaster recovery plan.

This is a very lightweight post on an important topic, so my next post will be on what to look for from an automated offsite backup.  If you have not given this area much thought the StorageCraft blog “Ebook: Why You Need Backup and Disaster Recovery” is worth a look.

To answer the original question, yes an automated off-site server backup is worth a pint of beer  a day (equivalent to 15 minutes a day).