June 3rd, 2009 No Comments »
Online Backup Keeps Home Office & Telework Data Accessible on the Road — and Safe From the Storm
By David Friend, CEO, Carbonite, Inc.
‘Tis the season — for hurricanes and summer travel.
It always amazes me how so many business owners completely neglect the safety of the data on their computers. Or will travel without access to their documents.
Consider this: during hurricane Katrina, more than 35,000 businesses had their computers ruined. According to U.S. Dept. of Labor Statistics, 40 percent of all businesses that have data disasters never reopen. Some 25 percent of the rest fail within two years.
In short, when you lose all your home office’s or small business records and files, you’re cooked.
And if you’re traveling and don’t have access to your data, files and records, it might as well be locked in a vault somewhere.
It’s likely that more than two-thirds of small businesses do back up their data regularly, but it’s almost always to external hard drives, DVDs or tapes. Unfortunately, these are usually stored nearby. So if the computer gets flooded, so do the backups.
And they’re inaccessible from any remote location.
That’s why it’s so important to back up online where your data gets stored in a completely different part of the country (hopefully somewhere well away from the hurricane belt). Read More »