An enterprise without a reliable backup and recovery solution is like an office without a roof. Just one unfortunate event—a systems failure for the enterprise, a rainstorm for the office — is all it would take to wipe out a huge investment and bring business to a grinding halt. The upfront cost of purchasing and implementing a backup and recovery solution pales in comparison to the money saved by the business down the road. Here are three reasons why.
1. Time is money. Downtime is money lost.
Most businesses are savvy enough to have some kind of backup and recovery solution in place, but not all solutions are equal. The differences become clear when a system goes down and it's time to restore it (or replace it) to an operational state is painfully obvious. The best in breed of backup and recovery solutions are able to rapidly recover and restore operating systems, applications, drivers, and data to target machines—ideally from system image backups that have captured the entire state of the system to a single recovery point. Rapid recovery can be the difference between wasting time, money, and valuable resources waiting for a system to be slowly restored OR getting it back up quickly and efficiently.
2. Manual backup and restore processes cost time, money and valuable resources.
IT and backup administrators don't work for free. Their time costs money, and requiring them to perform regular backups manually consumes admin time that could otherwise be spent on improving the business and benefiting the bottom line. And if an organization wants their IT or backup administrators to do both, the organization will find itself paying even more. A backup and recovery solution that enables extensive automation frees up those administrators for the bigger-picture tasks that better leverage their expertise and contribute to the forward growth of the enterprise. Plus, the hidden benefit to automating the backup process can lead to direct savings in the form of fewer IT or backup admins needed.
3. Hardware limitations and vendor lock-in are a cash drain.
Here's one final consideration to keep in mind when it comes to backup and recovery solutions: Will they allow systems and data to be restored to a variety of different hardwares, including VMs? Or do they demand a duplicate machine? If they demand a duplicate machine, organizations will find that keeping specific extra hardware on hand in case of emergency becomes costly - very quickly. The best of the backup and recovery solutions allows it to take place on a variety of machines, both physical and virtual and at a variety of locations both onsite and off. This flexibility can produce significant hardware savings for years to come.
As you can see, choosing and implementing a best-in-breed backup and recovery solution is one of the most important investments a business can make. In the event of a systems failure or natural disaster, the business will depend on its backup and recovery solution to get data back where it needs to be and people back to work when they should be. And in the meantime, the best backup and recovery solutions will be saving the business money.