How To Prevent Your Architecture And Engineering Firm From Failing In The Next Two Years?
According to a Gartner study: 94% of businesses that suffer an IT DATA LOSS event, close their doors within TWO years.
Last year 20% of small businesses (under 250 people) reported such an event (Dell/EMC Survey). That’s ONE in every FIVE businesses.
There are over 12,000 Architecture and Engineering firms in California, under 250 people. This means that over 2,000 are AT RISK of losing data and going out of business. COULD THIS BE YOUR COMPANY?
If you have ever found yourself in a situation where you lost your server, inadvertently eliminated your critical data, and failed to back anything up – you have probably learned from that mistake. After coming through a terrible situation like that, you likely hired a talented managed service provider who made recommendations on how to prevent such a disaster from ever happening again.
If you haven’t had a data-related catastrophe that sent you spinning and your business reeling, don’t wait until it happens. Make some changes now so you and your business and all its assets are protected. Here’s what we recommend.
Pay Attention to Server Hardware
Purchase server hardware to minimum redundant specifications at least every 5 years (3 – 4 years would be even better), and maintain its current warranty status. The server should be purchased from a reputable manufacturer like Dell, HP, or Lenovo. It should have redundant components such as hard disk drives in a RAID Configuration, redundant hot-plug power supplies, and redundant network ports. If you have a managed service partner, they will get the specifications right for you.
Update Your Anti-Virus Capabilities
Make sure every endpoint and server have an up-to-date anti-virus system running. Use a product that is business rated (not free) and centrally managed. Your managed service partner usually includes this protection as part of their services.
Make Backup a Priority
Review backup logs daily and perform test restores weekly. Use an online or cloud backup storage option to keep your data off site, in case of a fire, flood, or other major localized disaster. If you have an IT partner, they should include backup management and cloud backup as part of their services.
Utilize the Cloud
Move your data to the cloud. Eliminate all the headaches associated with managing your risk and your data by leveraging the cloud for your data storage. You will get the benefits of built-in redundancy, scalability and availability for your data. You may still need to run Cloud backup for archiving and data retention. As always, talk to your IT partner.
If you follow this advice, you’ll be less likely to have a data catastrophe that can result in a financial disaster from which your business never recovers. If you’d like the peace of mind of knowing your systems and your data are secure without having to spend the time understanding how it all works, consider seeking professional help from a managed services provider. You can contact us with any questions or if you need IT help.
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