Can you imagine if all of your data on your Blackberry, iPhone or other PDA device was lost? Owners of T-Mobile’s Sidekick don’t need to use their imagination. It’s been all over the news. Last weekend, Sidekick owners lost all of their data…their contacts, their calendars, their photos. It has also put Microsoft in the hot seat as the manager of the backend infrastructure for the mobile device. See PC World’s article “T-Mobile Takes the Hit for Sidekick Data Loss” for the details.
Now, take that one step further. Can you imagine if you lost all the data on your computer, or even worse, if your company had a system failure that caused the loss of all its mission-critical data? Organizations of all types, from financial institutions and non-profits to schools and hospitals are relying more and more on technology to run their operations. The risk of losing valuable data can significantly damage a company’s reputation, cause a loss of customers and possibly put a company out of business.
Data backup has never been more important. Ensuring data is backed up at an off-site, secure location can be the difference between the success and failure of a business after a system failure. However, having data backed up is only half of the answer. You also need to have the ability to easily recover your data in a reasonable amount of time to ensure business continuity.
Investing in the proper data backup and recovery solutions and taking the necessary precautions to protect your data is critical. For more information on how to select the data backup and recovery solution that is right for your organization, download DSC’s “Best Bets for iSeries Rapid Recovery with Virtualization: An Executive’s Guide to Affordable IBM iSeries Recovery in 10 Hours or Less” free white paper.
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