There’s no room for Monday morning quarterbacking in data protection


In a game that came down to several key plays and ignited the Twitter world with a record-breaking 12,233 tweet per second, the New York Giants became Super Bowl champions. The Giants cited their preparation and determination as a key element in their success as well as the ability to develop a game plan and to stick to it.

What’s true in football is also true in business of course, and perhaps nowhere more so than in protecting your data. You know that your data is the key element that enables you to stay in business; lose it and you’re dead in the water.  But I’m continually amazed at the number of companies that fail to review their options and do what’s best to keep their data secure when there’s a disaster. 

Offsite backup of your data has become the accepted norm in this regard.  The emergence of cloud infrastructure is fundamentally changing the economics of building a true business continuity and disaster recovery plan, not just a backup strategy. And the emergence of cloud computing means that in many cases, you can achieve this goal at a fraction of the cost that it previously took. Many companies no longer require their own dedicated, offsite recovery data center or to provide their own servers to backup the information.

At Windstream, we offer all of these services and more. From colocation to managed storage and security to a full range of cloud-based options like Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), we’re dedicated to providing services that combine smart solutions with personalized service. The advantages are significant; lower capital and operating expenditures, faster ramp-up time to meet evolving requirements, and the ability to allow your IT staff to concentrate more on core capabilities rather than having to monitor where the data is and when it’s been backed up at any given point.

The best thing for you to do, if you haven’t already, is to review your data protection and disaster recovery policies. Ask yourself the tough questions, like how will I access my data if and when I can’t do so at my office? How will I keep my business up and running in the event of a disaster? How often do I backup my data? 

And once you’ve developed the answers…developed your game plan if you will…practice it. You need to know that your disaster recovery strategy works under game-day conditions. After all, it’s what champions do. And it’s how businesses succeed across every facet.