A few months ago, I attempted to scare you with information on why data security is important for small business. Well, I'm back here today to try again. Did you know that...
- 48% of small businesses have suffered data loss in the past year
- Less than 50% of SMBs back up their data weekly and only 23% back up daily
- Average cost per record of data breach is $214
- 55% of small businesses suffer adverse business affects after 4 hours of downtime
- The median cost of downtime for an SMB is $12,500 per day
Of course, as a small business owner you are well aware that information is the lifeblood of your company. But what you may not know is that investing in a real server to run as the backbone of your IT infrastructure is one of the best ways to keep your data safe and secure. You may ask, "But why should I spend money on a new Intel Xeon processor based-server when my desktop system's holding down the fort just fine?"
Well, there are some excellent reasons why Intel Xeon processor-based servers are the best choice to handle your company's data:
- Servers are built to run 24/7, so you have access to data 24/7. They have more robust cooling systems, and may have an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) or dual power supplies, both features you won't find on a desktop.
- They are validated on server operating systems like Microsoft Windows SBS. Why is that important? Well, if something goes wrong, you're guaranteed to get support from the vendor - but if you're running their software on a system that's not validated, you may be out of luck.
- They support Error Correcting Code (ECC) memory which automatically checks and corrects memory errors - 99.9% of all memory errors, in fact.
- They also support Intel Rapid Storage Technology and an array (no pun intended) of RAID configurations, so you can seamlessly store copies of data on additional hard drives. If a hard drive fails, you won't suffer data loss or system downtime.
Plus, they aren't as large an investment as you might think - often only a little more than a new desktop system. Still not convinced? Check out this video and watch Cori and I try to explain in lighthearted terms why a "real server" is the best choice to keep your small business data secure.