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Is Backup Important? If so why are companies so bad at it?

Posted by Dominic Docherty   May 21, 2014 4:44:00 PM

Making the case for Cloud Backup UAE.

cloud_backup_uaeSince there has been data, we have wanted to protect it. Backup is one of the oldest IT functions around, but right now it’s struggling to keep pace with the rate at which businesses are evolving. Legacy backup solutions are failing to scale with the explosive growth in the volume and complexity of data generated by businesses today. Likewise, as environments become more virtualized and infrastructure more diffuse, the older backup methodologies and media used to protect them have become less effective.

Indeed, many IT professionals, after witnessing the legal and regulatory fallout from high profile incidents of data loss over the last decade, have adopted a backup strategy that equates to ‘backup everything, forever’. It’s not hard to see why. As the saying goes, no one gets promoted when backup goes well, but heads roll the minute it fails. The stakes are incredibly high, but they’re on-going, and so without urgency.

This relationship means that over time, backup can become invisible to the business without actually being effective. As such, many organizations struggle to evolve their backup strategy. There are a few reasons for this, but the primary one is deceptively simple.

Cloud Backup isn’t sexy.

IT systems are tools, not quick fixes. However, it’s clear from the way that IT budgets are spent today that expectations of IT are actually very high – individual systems must do incredible things for the business to be perceived as legitimate. Every purchase must be a ‘strategic business enabler’ that generates value and makes a tangible impact to the bottom line of the organization.

Budgets are tight, and this austerity is exactly the reason that money flows more readily to apparently profit-generating activities. Put simply, backup is often perceived as a boring thing to spend money on that’s never going to make money for the business.

Of course, every business knows they need to protect their critical data against loss and corruption. But the reality is that backup is often seen as a series of checkboxes, regardless of its ultimate suitability to the actual standards of protection and recovery required by the business.

Too often organizations claim their data is their most valuable asset – that it’s the lifeblood of the organization – whilst making decisions that imply the opposite. Every suggestion to delay investment or run hardware beyond end-of-life actively puts your data at risk.

To keep things in real terms those decisions essentially ask the question ‘Why should we bother to protect our data?’ What would happen for instance if you came in one morning and you had none?

Backing up your company’s data does not need to be complex, expensive or tiresome. Online or Cloud Backup offers a easy and comprehensive way to protect any business from critical data loss. BIOS provide online backup or cloud backup in the UAE. Click here to contact us and find out more about our more UAE BaaS (UAE Backup as a Service).

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