Being thankful for backups Posted on November 10, 2011 by Tim Burke Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, eating turkey, and enjoying the fellowship of family and friends. And no one wants the holiday ruined by a call like this… “All our customer files have evaporated. As have everyone’s email messages, all pending customer orders, and the accounts receivables database.” Would you be able to reconstruct that data from scratch? Or, worse, try to move on without it? A recent study by Forrester Research and Disaster Recovery Journal shows that, on average, 72% of an organization’s data and apps are either mission-critical or business critical. No wonder a flurry of other studies have shown that so many enterprises — between 40% and 70%, depending on who’s talking — go out of business after a significant data loss. The reasons behind data loss vary — hardware/software failure, human error, malware, natural disasters. But what all these reasons have in common is the fact that a solid data backup plan can prevent them from bringing your business to its knees. Next time, I’ll begin my list of 10 backup and recovery best practices you need to implement now – if a disaster strikes, you’ll be thankful you did.