Is backing up the last thing on your to-do list? This task may be one of the most despised in all of IT, but that’s not an excuse to leave your data in a vulnerable state. Backup needs to be inclusive and consistent. You never know when a cyber attack, natural disaster, or human error is going to bring systems to a halt. Could your SMB recover quickly or would your efforts ultimately fail in the wake of a data disaster?

The following statistics were recently updated by a national study. What is your plan when one hits your business?

  • Every week 140,000 hard drives crash in the United States.
  • 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months of the disaster.
  • American business lost more than $7.6 billion as a result of viruses during first six months of 1999.
  • Companies that aren’t able to resume operations within ten days of a disaster are not likely to survive. (Strategic Research Institute)
  • 34% of companies fail to test their tape backups, and of those that do, 77% have found tape back-up failures.

At Ascend, we specialize in a holistic network management of small business customer environments. For less than the price of your employees cell phone cost monthly, Ascend can handle all aspects of your network management allowing you to run your business, not your network. Our hybrid model of disk based onsite backup automation in concert with our private cloud replication of your entire network ensures our customers stay backed up on a deeper level and metrics to validate the process. We focus on small business networks in the following areas:

  • Backup Management
  • Windows Updates
  • Anti-Virus/Malware
  • Server Management
  • Software Management
  • Software Training
  • 24/7 Network and PC Monitoring
  • Remote/Local Service
  • Mobile Device Management

I love statistics because they tell a clear and compelling story in most cases. Not convinced yet that your small business may not be protected, consider even more below.

  • Worldwide storage services revenue is expected to rise from $26billion in 2002 to $41 billion in 2005.  Source – Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc.
  • The average data centre client has 7.5TB of online backup storage. That’s equivalent to a stack of 3.5” diskettes over 11 miles high (Mount Everest is only 5.5 miles high). By 2006 the average stack will reach 39 miles high.  Source – John Horo – Networks Storage Manager: hp
  • Viruses – 10% of PCs are infected with viruses each month. Of these, 37% of computer virus infections result in data loss.  Source – ICSA Labs/TruSecure, 2002)
  • Disk Crashes – Up to 20% of PCs suffer hardware failure in the first three years of use.  Source – Garter Analyst M. Margevicius, Aug 2001
  • Laptop Loss – Of the 2.3 million insurance claims for computer loss in 2001, 25% were theft related; notebook theft has increased by 53% since 2000.  Source – Safeware, The Insurance Agency Inc. 2001
  • More than 109,000TBs of unique enterprise PC data are not being regularly backed up.  Source – IDC analyst Fred Broussard, July 2002
  • As much as 60% of corporate data resides unprotected on PC desktops and laptops.  Source – IDC analyst Cynthia Doyle, April 2002
  • Viruses: Survey finds PCs infected at the rate of 10% each month.  Source – ICSA Labs, 2002

Make sure your business is never caught out by ensuring you have your online backup storage covered as well as any IT support needs you have by employing the services of Ascend iCare Managed Services.

Free web based demo’s are available at your convenience through our free web conference solution.

David Roberts has spent the past decade + primarily in the telecommunications industry within the SMB market. From an early start in corporate America at the John Harland Co. to the founding of Ascend Technologies, Inc., his expertise in building an organization from the ground up has proven to be the catalyst for the future. Currently, as the Founder of Ascend Technologies, Founder of e2 Consulting, Board Member at 317 Ministries, and Founder of e2 Properties, David stays busy both in the local Atlanta market and abroad at events throughout the country specifically relating to the telecommunications industry.


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