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The cost of data loss to UK companies is more than double the global average, according to a survey released recently.The cost of data loss to UK companies is more than double the global average, according to a survey released today. Data is the lifeblood of every organization. Without data, businesses, schools, universities and myriad institutions would be at a loss. Even the loss of a single piece of data, one file, or one project can result in panic, frustration and the constant badgering of the poor IT guy who has to retrieve that file from the backup.
Yet, retrieving data from the backup may not resolve the problem one bit if it’s a useless piece of magnetic tape that no one in the organization saw fit to check if the data was still retrievable. Best practice says that you not only keep multiple copies of your backup but that you also test them regularly.Unfortunately, what sounds great on paper doesn’t always translate into best practice in a business. Time constraints, resources and budget can impact the IT department’s ability to maintain a finely honed backup regime.

The most costly events suffered by respondents globally were security breaches, which were attributed to an average financial loss of $860,273 over the last year. The UK average was substantially higher at $1,158,077. The average cost of data loss to global respondents was $585,892, compared to the mammoth UK average of $1,302,895, whilst the figures for downtime were $494,037 and $611,375 respectively. This was despite the percentage of UK companies suffering incidents more or less corresponding to the global average. Whilst more UK companies (45%) admitted to experiencing unplanned downtime (global 37%), less reported security breaches (21%, compared to global 23%) and data loss (22%, global 29%).

Managing data backup

One way to prevent data loss is to back up critical business files on a daily basis. However, more than half (53%) of the organizations surveyed revealed they do not conduct daily backups. IT administrators indicated the biggest reason for not backing up data every day is that it’s not an efficient use of their time, according to nearly one-third (32%) of
respondents. That for me this is horrify and as business owner I am guessing it will be a huge concern to you.  Nearly one-quarter (23%) of IT admins said backing up data that frequently is “not necessary” or that there’s “not much data” to back up. In direct contrast, 10% of IT admins said the biggest reason for not conducting a daily backup is because they have too much data.
Other respondents suggested they do not conduct backups every day because they lack the resources, efficient technology or sufficient storage space. Some respondents – including 75% of those who work at organizations with over 50 employees – said daily backups are disruptive to workplace productivity. My answer to that is a schedule backups at night, there is no excuse at all not to do a backup on every working day of the week.

You can read alot more about the study at EMC.

The need for speed

When you have a disaster or need to recover data, you never have enough time. In the past with large data tape backups (Full) can take  over 12 hours. So as you can imagine recovery from tape is likely to be at worst similar. with an offsite and encrypted online solution with fast fibre the backups and consequently the recovery’s are somewhat quicker. When we asked a small number of businesses how their current data backup processes could be improved, the number one factor cited was speed, with half of respondents indicating they wish their current backup processes were faster ( so it had minimum downtime to the business ) or more efficient. Other factors included cost, security and reliability, and a small amount said they wished their organization’s data backup processes were managed by a third-party.

Cloud concerns
A lot of business are now looking to the cloud as it becomes more the normal accepted method. Although recent incident with Apple cloud-based system are making some business nervous about how safe their data is in the cloud. So those that dont trust the cloud are relying on managing their data backup through on-premise or virtual data backup solutions. Cost in the past has been cited as reason business wouldn’t embrace the cloud but as more people use cloud solutions the cost is coming down. Some businesses use the cloud as well as maybe a tape or virtual solution to safeguard themselves against loss of the internet, it really does depend on how much you value your data and service abilities to your customer!

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