Despite the perceived business risks and all kinds of instructions from internal security (as well as conclusions drawn from common sense), in the corporate sector up to 70-75% of all servers do not have a fully set up and configured backup system. This indicator becomes even more mind-blowing for workstations: up to 95% of all workstations do not have any kind of data backup, according to a survey.
Stretching one's luck
It is sometimes very intriguing as to what are people and businesses hoping for? For luck or providence? Many live under the belief that "things like this cannot happen to me". Service centers and data restoration companies' statistics show that up to 30% of users have at least once irrevocably lost their data. Those who received some help had to wait from a few weeks to even months to have their data restored. This time taken is primarily due to slow data restore procedures and associated complications.
For an average consumer damage from a total loss of data (working files, personal archive, etc) could be sometimes far more serious than the loss of corporate information for businesses. Restoration of a hard drive may cost a few hundred dollars without any guarantee of success. This gives a solid enough reason for us to prevent the problem rather than search for a recovery solution once disaster strikes - especially given the fact that backup comes at a fraction of the cost compared to recovery solutions.
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