6 Key Criteria for Small Business Data Protection

Small business is positioned for the perfect data storm: more data, at more value, with more risk. Small businesses are creating more data than ever, the value of their data is increasing, and there are more risks of losing the data.

Their need for a robust backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution has grown in importance but they have distinctive challenges:

  • Limited financial resources

  • Limited IT resources

  • Limited and inadequate solutions designed for small businesses.

1. Recoverability

In a disaster, a small business cannot afford lengthy downtime since most carry less than a month of operating cost in cash.

Does the solution your are currently using have instant restore capability? Does it mean both recovery time and recovery point objective?

2. Comprehensiveness

Small businesses generally do not have a dedicated IT department that can manage separate backup, recovery and business continuity solutions.

Does the solution you have in place provide key functionality that is seamlessly integrated? Experts agree that a combination of on-premise and cloud-based services offer the best total protection for businesses of all sizes, especially small businesses.

3. Ease of use

Small business owners or the IT person don’t have time to learn or manage complexity.

Is your current system easy to use, deploy and manage? Is it supported by a large network of MSPs for added value?

4. Performance and Reliability

A recent study shows that only 17% of SMBs feel secure and confident in their backup plan; while other 14% say they feel very insecure and vulnerable. Quicker and more frequent backups limit data loss.

An ideal solution is incremental backup, where the technology adds what you’ve changed or deleted, rather than backing up the entire volume of data repeatedly. Does your system do this?

5. Affordability

Small businesses have often been relegated to cheap (both in price and technology) backup solutions. In 2013, SMB spending for data backup was predicted to increase 55%.

Is the solution you have now, cost-effective and affordable, with a small business’ budget in mind?

6. Scalability

Small businesses grow into larger businesses.

Does your current solution not only meet your data backup needs today but can scale as your company grows?


If the soltion you are using for data backup and recovery does not meet the criteria mentioned above, maybe it's time to consider a more reliable option; before anything goes wrong. Check our System Availabilty and Recovery solutions and contact us for more information on available options.