How To Better Protect Your Business Data - Building Supplier

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1 Overview When dealers think about "business assets," they typically think in terms of the inventory on hand, facilities and infrastructure. What about data? Isn't that the most valuable business asset of all? Data records all business transactions. It stores customer orders, establishes fulfillment terms, and records and quantifies the big-picture in terms of business successes or failures. And it's through the analysis of data that all new business strategies are conceived and carried out. The reality is that dealerships typically don't protect their data as comprehensively as they could (and should). Backups occur infrequently; the maximum data that might be lost at any point is too great. Furthermore, the backup system and media—usually just tapes, a tape drive, and an application running on a server—are inherently too fragile and susceptible to failure. Critical business data is therefore continually at risk; and in consequence, business resilience in a larger sense is also at risk. Losing just a single day's transactions, for instance, would be very disruptive to most dealerships (not to mention their customers). Fortunately, cloud computing brings with it an entirely new and significantly enhanced approach to backing up, archiving, and restoring data on demand with strengths that traditional backup methods simply can't match. Disaster can strike at any time Business data faces more threats today than ever before. Consider: • An unpredictable physical disaster like a fire, hurricane or flood could damage or destroy key IT infrastructure, including servers responsible for storing, backing up or restoring data, not to mention the data itself on primary servers. • Security threats—like malware or hackers—are more sophisticated, numerous and devastating than they used to be. In fact, according to the U.S. Small and Medium-Sized Business 2014-2018 forecast by IDC, 71% of security breaches target small businesses. • Individual media, like storage tapes or optical disks, are inherently fragile and can fail for reasons ranging from exposure to magnetism to physical loss or damage. • The infrastructure responsible for performing backup operations—usually just a server and tape drive—can fail for all the usual reasons computers typically crash: hardware or software failures. How to Better Protect Your Business Data

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