Forget the fact that you will probably never run into a burning building unless you are a firefighter and answer this, “if your house was on fire and you could save one thing, what would it be?”
My friends and I used to play the “if” game all the time, but we all answered that question the same way every time – we would save our pictures. Even people with fancy jewelry and expensive collectibles always seemed to answer they would save their pictures.
Because a picture is a moment in time you will not get back. It is a time caught on film to bring back the emotion of the day the picture was taken. Pictures tell a story of your life and contain memories you may not recall until you look at the picture.
What would happen if you lost your pictures?
I would be devastated. They are the one material item that I would have this reaction to. Everything else I own can be replaced.
Now ask yourself this…
If there was a fire at your company, what would you deem the most important thing to be saved? It should be your data, the lifeblood of your company and the story of your company.
What would happen if you lost your data? Not necessarily in a fire, but in a server failure, a theft, a natural disaster or some kind of negligence.
I can only assume you would feel devastated once you realized the impact of this. Whether you are the owner or an employee, whatever your position, your job relies on the data of your company. Imagine it all being wiped away never to be seen again.
The majority of businesses that see this type of data loss close within a year. I’m sure you don’t want to be susceptible to such a large risk.
So what do you do?
First off, you need to treat your data for what it is – the blood for your company. Take the CEO and Executives and they can be the major organs and the employees are the veins and nerves carrying messages and life from place to place. What happens when blood stops flowing? Death.
Second, don’t use tape backup. Just don’t do it. This may have been a great solution a few years ago, but it isn’t anymore. They don’t work all the time and if they’re working now, they’re going to fail at some point in time. Think when, not if. If you are using tape backup and don’t believe me, give us a call. We will look at your backup system with you for free to show you what we’re talking about and present you with terrifying statistics.
Third, test your current backup system to make sure it is working. It’s great to have the peace of mind that you are backing up, but when it really counts and you need that backup and find it’s not there you won’t be experience so much peace.
Don’t let a disaster devastate your business.