What Good is a Backup if You Can’t Restore?

There are no two ways about it, data loss is devastating for any organization. Data loss results in lost customers, lost revenue and damaged reputation. But the scariest thing about data loss is that it can happen to anyone.

A recent Paragon Software Group study of SMBs found close to one-quarter of respondents experienced data loss that caused significant impact to the business. Research from PricewaterhouseCoopers paints an even grimmer picture: 70 percent of businesses that experience data loss shut down within a year.

You may be thinking, “I’m safe, I use SaaS platforms. They automatically back up, and they will restore my data.” Maybe you’re so confident you don’t bother taking any preventive measures.

More often than not, however, your SaaS provider doesn’t have your back to the extent you think it does. Take Microsoft. Microsoft offers data backup on its Office 365 suite, but only when there is a problem in its data centers. This means organizations that do not have data backup in place lose critical data if emails and files are lost due to human error.

Maybe you’re still shaking your head and smiling smugly thinking, “I won’t be a statistic. I back up everything.” And that may indeed be true. But even the most comprehensive backup is meaningless if you can’t recover your data.

Consider this story from the Westland Real Estate Group.  IT Director Jesse Nowlin recounts:

While I was relaxing on vacation, I started to get calls and emails that suddenly people have mysteriously lost access to a large number of their files. Turns out, one folder was moved which contained  280,000 folders that were also moved. I thought, no problem — I have a backup. I initialized the backup and went back to my vacation. Imagine my horror when I realized the restore failed, because the backup system we were using had not done a complete backup in eight months! Any files it had backed up were restoring at a rate of a few hundred a day. I needed those files immediately and not in weeks.

— Jesse Nowlin, IT Director, Westland Real Estate Group

Westland Real Estate Group needed a dependable backup solution. Nowlin notes, “I contacted Spanning the next week, tested and chose Spanning, and haven’t looked back.”

Not confident about your ability to recover?

If these examples give you pause, it’s time to consider a third-party backup solution. While there are many options on the market, not all are as effective as they are projected to be. The purpose of most modern backups is to create a copy of data automatically in the cloud so it can be restored in case of data loss due to human errors, natural disaster, or other events. And Spanning’s solutions do just that.

At Spanning, we offer cloud-to-cloud backup and restore solution for Office 365, G Suite, and Salesforce. With Spanning, your data is not only backed up automatically and at regular intervals, but also restored with the same user permissions. If required, you can also change the data access controls.

Dig further into Spanning. Tour our product or request a 14-day FREE trial. During your trial period, you will experience daily automated backup and rapid recovery of all your critical data.

If you’re a backup admin, we salute you and hope you were celebrated on World Backup Day.  Celebrated March 31 each year, World Backup Day was established to educate people about the increasing role of data and the importance of regular backups.

Not a backup admin? It’s not too late to show your appreciation with coffee or beer. Afterall, you got to enjoy your weekend under their watchful eyes.

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