Over the course of a year, thousands of businesses make the costly mistake of choosing the wrong backup solution for their servers. These businesses might choose to go with a file-based, consumer focused solution on their servers. Even though this solution would save these businesses a few bucks in the short-term, it could potentially cost a fortune and be detrimental to their business in the long run.

When a server goes down, there are two sides to the story. One side focuses on the headaches an IT professional would get from trying to reboot a server that unexpectedly went down. The other side of the story focuses on the heartaches you, the business owner, would receive if your server with a wrong back up solution were to unexpectedly go down.

If your business’s server were to crash for some reason or another, things could go one of two ways. In the best case scenario, your business has been paying attention to detail and actually has backups that are working and regularly tested. In the worst case scenario, you, like the other thousands of business that chose the wrong solution for their servers, are in a crisis situation.

You are in a crisis situation because your business would not be able to function for 3-4 work days until that server is back up and running. The process of restoring a server without proper backups is a costly one that could potentially end your business.

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Photo credit: Tristan Schmurr https://flic.kr/p/dUYvtu

Let’s use Gillware as an example to give you a better sense of the effects this situation could cause. If our domain controller were to go down, we would not be able to use our server for at least 32 hours. During this time, productivity is at a standstill for us.

Until the domain controller is back up and running, Gillware would not be able to function for almost a full work week. Our employees would have a hard time logging onto their computers. This means that they would have trouble using our fileshare system, accessing the Internet and therefore accessing their email. This would severely impact our day-to-day operations.

Losing a server without the proper backups could cause a business to fall financially far behind. According to an Aberdeen research study, the average company loses $163,674 in unused labor and lost revenue for each hour of downtime due to data loss. Not to mention, it would cost about $60/hour for you to pay your IT provider to come onsite and get the server working again.

It is hard for a business to recover from a devastating situation like this. Many  businesses that thought saving a few bucks in the short-run by choosing a file-based solution do not recover from events like this at all. This could be the end of your business.

To avoid all of this, take a proactive approach to your business’s server backups with Gillware’s Full Image Backup solution. With full-image backup to Gillware’s cloud, your business would be back up and running in two days without losing any data from the system compared to losing four days and having some of the data lost forever if you don’t have the proper backups.

Time is of the essence in a data loss situation, and our Full Image Backup offers fast restore options. With this solution, there is limited downtime for your business. The faster your data is restored, the faster you can get your business operating again and producing revenue.

Customer trust is also very critical in a data loss situation, and our Full Image Backup provides sustainability and confidence for your business. Whether it is a simple mishap or a serious disaster, this solution will maintain your customers’ trust because our Full Image Backup offer includes both onsite image backups and offsite image replication to cover all your bases in the case of a data loss event. Local replication is used for fast restores if the local storage is intact. Offsite replication is used for emergency restores when the local storage is not intact due to a fire, flood, tornado, hurricane, etc.

EDIT: As of September 2016, Gillware Online Backup has been acquired by StorageCraft. Click here to learn more about their backup solutions. Click here to learn more about becoming a StorageCraft Partner.