The historic flooding in South Carolina has been covered 10 times over by every news station in America. Rainfall hit record levels, with some areas reporting over 20 inches of rain. Businesses and families across the state felt the impact of the flooding, from water-damaged houses to the severe disturbance to state crops.
The Huffington Post reported that though not all businesses felt the direct impact of the storm’s water damage or flooding, they took a hard hit in lost revenue. Many business owners are coming to terms with the fact that these types of extreme weather are only going to increase in occurrence. HuffPost noted that climate change is largely responsible for the recent frequency of natural disasters and that overall we can expect more of these extreme events.
“It’s a reality of doing business, it’s a reality of life for all of us,” Cynthia McHale, director of insurance at the sustainability nonprofit Ceres, told HuffPost. “We’re in for a lot of rough weather, among other things.”
“Climate change is largely responsible for the recent frequency of natural disasters.”
McHale’s prediction is backed by the recent findings of Nature Climate Change. According to the study, extreme weather events that had only occurred once every three years in recent history will now occur around every 200 days. And there is no discrimination: The study also found that if global warming continues to rise even at minimal rates, all countries across the globe are susceptible to 60 percent more cases of extreme rain.
McHale recognized the effect this weather can and will have on businesses. Now, more than ever before, it is of the utmost importance to ensure your company has the latest and most effective backup and disaster recovery systems in order to secure complete data protection.
Data Backup vs. Disaster Recovery
While both data backup and disaster recovery are crucial for the health of your business after a natural disaster, they are two different things. Forbes’ contributor JP Blaho noted that this is a common misconception among business owners. Having a data backup system does not mean you have a disaster recovery system.
Data backup is generally defined as the copying of files and the subsequent archiving of those files to ensure they are safe and easy to restore in the case of varying forms of data loss. This plays a key role in a disaster recovery protocol. To have a full system in place, there must be files to recover in the first place.
However, the second step lies in having systems that can connect to that data and recover them. For a complete disaster recovery plan, companies must then implement a clear protocol: Who will be responsible? What will the process look like? What tools do we use and when?
Both data backup and disaster recovery are key for the continued success of any company, especially considering the rapid climate changes on the horizon. However, the distinction between disaster recovery and data backup does not necessarily mean you need to invest in a handful of distinct systems to secure your company.
“Both data backup and disaster recovery are key for the continued success of any company.”
With cloud backup, the processes merge into one system. When data is stored with both offsite protection and local backup while also being connected through the web, business data is accessible with fewer resources and more consistent availability.
With cloud-based systems, data is almost instantly available to a company and is secured and protected by a variety of required security and monitoring measures. When it comes to prepping for the potential effects of natural disasters on your company, utilizing cloud backup systems ensures you have the functions of both a data backup system and a relatively hassle-free disaster recovery plan in one place.