Google’s recent data loss highlights importance of BCDR

Zack Nimtz

Having a business continuity and disaster recovery plan to protect your data should be a top priority for every business leader. Without a BCDR plan, your data is susceptible to irrevocable loss. Should disaster strike, the effects could be devastating to your business. If you think that your company is immune from hazardous events, think again.

Even tech giants with robust BCDR solutions can fall victim to unforeseeable events. For example, on Aug. 13, one of Google's European datacenters experienced an outage as a lightning storm raged outside the facility. According to PCMag contributor Chloe Albanesius, lightning struck the power grid outside the data center four times in a row, causing damage and a loss of power to storage systems.

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Topics: Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery

3 tips for disaster recovery

Zack Nimtz

Since the onset of the digital revolution there has been a huge shift in data storage from manual paper to electronic storage. Where there were once rows and rows of filing cabinets now sit stacks and stacks of servers, and while many business leaders believe that their data is safer than it was before the digital age, it is merely a false sense of security unless they have a proper backup and disaster recovery plan in place.

Although digital data storage provides an easier way to archive, store and retrieve information, it does not necessarily safeguard it from potential risks associated with malicious attacks, natural disasters, or unintended human error. In a 2014 study done by Databarracks, the number one cause of data loss over a 12-month time-frame was Hardware (21%)/Software failure (19%), followed closely by human-error (18%), corruption (15%), and Theft/Security breach at 7% each.

The study also indicated that SMBs are not investing, or planning to invest, in disaster recovery or business continuity solutions in the near future despite the risks. Yet, last year, the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council's (DRPC) annual benchmark survey reported that, nearly one in five organizations did not fully recover from a 'serious business disruption' and one in ten suffered from reputation damage.

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Topics: Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery

5 reasons your business should invest in disaster recovery

Zack Nimtz

Losing critical company information can mean huge losses for a business. As reported by the Institute for Business and Home Safety, approximately 25 percent of businesses close permanently after experiencing a disastrous event.

Businesses can protect their critical data by implementing a business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) plan into their emergency preparedness plans. By having a BCDR plan in place, businesses are better able to resume operations following a disaster. For instance, in 2011 a big tornado touched down in Joplin, Missouri, and caused a lot of destruction. SNC Squared, a technology company in the area, had a BCDR plan in place and was able to recover all of its data and quickly resume operations, as reported by SmallBusinessComputing.com.

Here are five reasons your company should have a disaster recovery and business continuity plan.

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Topics: Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery

Brutally Cold Winter Impacting Midwest Businesses

Zack Nimtz

Old man winter has his grip on much of the country, including the Midwest. While this season it seems that Boston has beared the brunt of the weather, Indiana has also received above average snowfall. Winter storm warnings, whiteout conditions, and mandated travel advisories have forced area businesses to close time and time again.

Severe winter weather can greatly affect productivity if companies are not prepared. Power outages and unforeseen consequences of inclement weather can take business systems offline for hours, days or longer - halting operations until they are restored.

To help businesses cope with harsh Winter weather, Pinnacle has compiled a list of suggestions that can help improve employee productivity and reduce downtime.

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Topics: Microsoft Azure, Business Continuity, Cloud Services, Office 365, Disaster Recovery

The difference between business continuity and disaster recovery

Zack Nimtz

The unfortunate reality of business is that nothing is guaranteed. Even if a company does everything right, an unexpected variable can throw everything off course and cause untold hours of downtime. Even being offline in some capacity for just a minute can result in lost business, and every moment that downtime is occurring can be another step toward closing for good. This is why companies put business continuity and disaster recovery strategies in place.

But what is the difference between these two things? Some people use the terms interchangeably, which can be confusing for those still trying to understand. While they sound similar, business continuity and disaster recovery are actually two very different things. Making sure that an organization has plans in place for both of them is important should an emergency arise.

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Topics: Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery