With Hurricane Sandy bearing down and battering the East Coast, businesses will no doubt be affected. While many will lose productivity by closing down for a few days, others may sustain damages that could result in the loss of valuable business data —which can be devastating for an organization.
A 2007 study reported that of companies that had a major loss of computerized records, 43% never reopen, 51% close within two years, and only 6% will survive long-term.
Ensuring the protection of your ERP software data in the event of a disaster (natural or otherwise) has everything to do with planning.
If you have (or plan to have) an on-premise ERP deployment, where you host your own data on your own servers, backing up your data is vital. It isn’t enough to simply back-up your data, however, you need to check your back-ups regularly and store them off-site. Ultimately, though, it doesn’t do you any good to back-up your system if you don’t know how to restore it, so make sure you have a restore strategy in place and understand what needs to happen to restore your data.
Another way to ensure your ERP system data is safe and secure in the event of a disaster is to trust it to a hosting or Cloud services provider from the get-go. A Cloud vendors’ core function is providing infrastructure business continuity, so you can focus on your people and facilities in the event of a disaster. Whether you purchase your ERP software up-front and have it hosted in a private Cloud (Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or you pay for your software and hosting services in a subscription plan (Software as a Service (SaaS)), a reputable Cloud provider will be able to clearly articulate specific governance, operational and regulatory guidelines that they follow to assure the security of your data.
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