Running a business is all about being ready. For retail companies, this might mean stocking shelves for busy times of the year, while B2B firms might be more concerned about anticipating their clients' emerging challenges. Either way, preparation allows an organization to overcome potential difficulties more easily to achieve stronger results. So why doesn't being ready for natural and technological disasters strike leaders as important?
According to ITWeb, the South African chapter of the international Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council is currently working on a study about global disaster recovery strategies, and the preliminary results suggest many enterprises are far from ready for the worst. In fact, the organization's spokesman, Riaan Hamman, said about 72 percent of businesses around the world aren't adequately prepared for a catastrophe. Additionally, 36 percent of respondents admitted they had lost important apps, data files or virtual machines for hours in the wake of unexpected events, while 11 percent said they lost these resources for days.
Hamman added that 54 percent of outages and systems failures can be traced to software and network problems, while 41 percent are the direct result of human error, the news provider reported. An additional 28 percent of disasters were attributable to power outages and 15 percent were related to weather conditions.
Considering the diversity of potential causes of data loss, it would make sense for companies to steel their operations against a wide range of threats with the help of the right IT solutions and remote database support. However, the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council's study isn't the only one that has revealed just how much some enterprises are at risk of losing their information. InformationWeek noted that in a 2011 study by Symantec, experts found that 57 percent of small firms had no disaster recovery plan, compared to 47 percent of midsize companies. Perhaps even more disturbingly, when asked why they hadn't implemented the necessary tools to protect their data and systems, 41 percent of enterprises without a strategy in place said it simply hadn't crossed their minds.
Just because many other organizations in their industries are falling behind in terms of disaster preparedness doesn't mean a business has to follow suit. Using remote database services can be a simple way to gain extra layers of protection and ensure no crucial information will fall victim to an unfortunate and unexpected event.