Is Your Business Consistently Backing Up Data?

When was the last time you backed up your computer data? If you are like half the people out there, it has been a long time. For small businesses, the statistics are just as scary. Almost half of all small business users don’t have a policy in place for ongoing backup of their data. They do it when they think about it, or not at all.

A more daunting statistic comes from a recent Webroot study* which stated: “While data loss is devastating for individuals, the effects can be disastrous for small business owners; one study found that 60 percent of companies that lose their data will shut down within six months.”

Now that is something to think about. If you have a small business and you are not backing up your data, you are risking more than your data. In reality, you are risking the life of your company, and the livelihood for you and everybody who works for you — all for the cost of a simple backup solution.

With the cost of external backup devices dropping like a rock, and the variety of backup solutions on the market today, can you afford to not have a backup plan in place? It is not as hard as you might think.

Dell is working to help with all of this. This month, Dell released the new Dell Backup and Recovery Manager, or DBRM for all Vostro, Latitude, Dell Precision, and OptiPlex systems. DBRM delivers a new simplified user experience that allows user to perform some very interesting backup and recovery tasks, and even more.

Yes, it does backups, images, data restore… All of the tasks you would expect from a backup utility. But, it also allows you to create recovery media like the Dell recovery CD, Diagnostics, and even OS Media. Also, you can create these images on a variety of bootable devices like flash drives, external storage, or the trusty DVD.

No more excuses — all it takes is a little discipline to setup your backup schedules, create your recovery media, plug in and map to an external backup device. From that point on your backups will happen on an automatic schedule. And, with your newly created backup images you are never more than a few clicks from a complete system restore, or access to that single critical file if you happen to experience a system failure or data loss.

*Webroot, September 2008

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