That question was posed on 31st March 2017 at World Backup Day, an independent initiative that aims to raise awareness about backing up and data preservation.
With data playing such a major role in our lives, you would expect most businesses to have a backup plan in place – yet this is not the case. Statistics on the World Backup Day website show that we still don’t take backup and disaster recovery seriously enough.
- 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute
- 29% of disasters are caused by accident
- 1 in 10 computers are infected with viruses each month
These facts in themselves give cause for concern, but combined with the fact that 30% of people have never backed up and you have a disaster waiting to happen.
Coping with the loss of company hardware
Not backing up your data on a regular basis could have serious financial implications for your business.
Today, we all rely on smartphones, tablets and laptops. And the portability of devices means they can easily be lost, stolen or damaged.
If you don’t regularly backup your data, the loss of a company device could have a negative impact on your business.
With a cloud-based data recovery solution in place, accidents with mobile devices are resolved quickly – because you can access and backup the data stored on the device from the cloud.
Cloud-based backup alternatives to tape
Due to business regulations and compliance requirements, organizations must protect any client data in their possession and traditionally tape has been used for long-term storage. But now cloud backup solutions provide a safe and cost-effective alternative with shorter recovery times and up to 99 years of retention.
Your backed up data is just as secure in transit as it is at rest. And with Microsoft Azure, your information is stored in geo-replicated storage that maintains six copies of your data across two Azure data centers. With 99.9% service availability, it gives you complete reassurance that your data is safe.
Protect your corporate assets wherever they are
And for companies large or small looking for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), Microsoft Azure lets you create a variety of business solutions such as Data Backup and Disaster Recovery.
Your data and applications are everywhere – on servers, clients and in the cloud. Azure Backup can protect your critical applications including SharePoint, Exchange and SQL Server; files and folders; Windows servers and clients; and Azure infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) virtual machines.
Azure Backup is a backup-as-a-service solution that safeguards your data wherever it’s located, whether that’s in the enterprise data center, remote branch offices or the public cloud. It works with Azure Site Recovery to offer cost-efficient tools for off-site backup and operational recovery, and unified application availability and data protection.
The convenience, flexibility and pay-as-you-use consumption model of Microsoft Azure makes it ideal for businesses who want to scale their usage and control how much they spend on data storage.