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How DraaS Can Protect Your SMB from Data Loss and Downtime

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Data loss is a serious risk facing small and medium-sized businesses. An estimated 64 percent of enterprises experience data loss or downtime, an EMC Corporation survey found. Even a small data loss can be expensive, with breaches involving 100 or fewer files costing between $18,120 and $35,730, according to a Verizon study.

Then there’s this unfortunate statistic: 4 out of 10 businesses don’t reopen after a disaster, and another 1 in 4 fold within a year, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Despite these risks, 4 in 10 companies don’t have a disaster recovery plan. Here’s how you can keep your company’s data safe with today’s most effective disaster recovery tool: DRaaS.

How DRaaS Works

Disaster Recovery as a Service is a cloud-based service that protects companies against data loss and downtime by automatically storing a remote data backup on a cloud provider’s servers. Cloud providers typically store copies of data in multiple locations, ensuring that if a natural disaster or power outage strikes one location, data at the other location will remain secure. Because of this, cloud-based DRaaS providers provide companies with more security than on-site backups.

Best-in-class DRaaS providers, such as Mozy, provide a further layer of protection by using military-grade encryption to prevent hackers from accessing data backups. Only authorized users with encryption keys can access stored backups.

How DRaaS Optimizes Business Performance

DRaaS service settings can typically be adjusted to automatically save backup copies of data as often as a company prefers. This feature reduces the need to perform manual backups and reduces the risk of human error disrupting the backup process. Additionally, this helps to improve data security and wasted time, thereby boosting business efficiency.

DRaaS also improves efficiency by reducing potential downtime. Where the loss of an on-site backup can result in extended and costly downtime, having a cloud-based backup lets companies efficiently switch over to data backup if their main server goes down. This reduces the risk of losing valuable work time due to downtime, and it lowers the likelihood of losing customers who become frustrated with extended outages.

For companies required to follow regulatory guidelines for protecting client data, DRaaS also makes it easier to meet compliance standards. Automating data backups through DRaaS ensures that companies are always in compliance with regulatory requirements.

Who Benefits from DRaaS

Disaster Recovery as a Service is useful for any company seeking to implement a disaster recovery plan as a safeguard against hackers or natural disasters. DRaaS is often used by large companies with large-scale data backup needs, such as health care providers, due to the fact that cloud server space is scalable to overcome the limits of on-site storage space.

But, precisely because cloud services are scalable, DRaaS services are affordably priced so that they can be used by small and medium-sized companies. Any company of any size can benefit from DRaaS. DRaaS services are also useful for companies seeking to meet compliance standards. Finally, DRaaS can benefit companies seeking to improve their efficiency by eliminating the need for manual backups.

Posted on April 11th, 2017 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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