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Disaster Recovery and Why it Matters to Arizona Businesses

by | Nov 15, 2017 | IT Blog, MyTek Blog

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When you mention the term ‘disaster recovery,’ most people will immediately think of large ground-shattering events like earthquakes, fires, floods, tropical storms, and others of that nature. While natural events are definitely disasters, smaller events can also be considered disasters for your business.

 

 

 

Let’s check out the definition of disaster:

dis·as·ter

A calamitous event, especially one occurring suddenly and causing great loss of life, damage, or hardship, as a flood, airplane crash, or business failure.

To MyTek, a disaster is anything that involves a serious loss of data or major downtime. When any of our clients face a server malfunction or something else that causes your employees to wait around until the issue is resolved, that is a disaster.

The Cost of a Disaster

Downtime may be a very terrible expense and should be avoided at all costs. This simple formula will let you see why:

Number of Employees suffering from an IT Outage X Average Employee Hourly Cost (NOT WAGES)
+ Average Company Hourly Income X Percentage of Income Lost thanks to the IT Outage

This formula calculates how expensive every hour of your business’ downtime is. The toughest value within the formula is knowing the share of income lost. Not all companies need a figure, but you’ll want to think about it as you are working through this equation. This doesn’t include the value of repair, consultation, parts, or any of the remediation required to keep your tech running.

Disaster’s Harbinger

Disaster can strike from any direction. Hard drives can go, data is often corrupted, hardware can fail, and networks can go down, and systems can become infected with viruses and malware. User error can cause disaster, along with theft and other malevolent activity. Your company should definitely take action against potential threats, but having managed maintenance can also prevent tons of foreboding issues, and having a solid disaster recovery plan can help you have a faster turnaround when there’s devastating downtime.

Employing a disaster recovery plan starts with data – your most vital IT asset. Computers are often replaced, hardware is often repurchased and software is often reinstalled. Your data is the culmination of countless hours of labor by all of your employees. It’s no wonder why most businesses that suffer a serious data loss lose their entire business within the primary year and lose credibility. Data must be protected.

Your protected data should be archived regularly offsite. Most significantly, your backup solution must be easy to check and tested regularly. The time to place together your company’s disaster recovery solution is now. Contact MyTek at 623-312-2440 to speak about solutions for safeguarding your data and your business within the event of a disaster, large or small.

 

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Tim Tiller, LMSW

 
Tim Tiller, MSW brings a deep service background to his role at Mytek, having graduated from McDonald’s management training program, fresh out of high school, and working his way up through the ranks in the hospitality industry. He has led two prior companies – Multi-Systems Inc., an IT-focused organization providing technology to hospitality companies (where he was named President at age 36), and most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Voice Ministries International.

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