Most small business use a “set it and forget it” approach to data backup. However, Not all data is created equal. Technology experts suggest that smart businesses follow the 10 percent rule for backing up data to reduce downtime:

Only 10 percent of your data is critical.

Prioritizing data to recover the critical 10 percent first helps reduce downtime. If your systems encounter a widespread failure, you want to have a plan in place that recovers the most essential information right away.  If you don’t prioritize your data, you’ll waste your time recovering non-critical data and your downtime could be much longer.

Does that mean that you don’t need to protect the 90 percent of your data that is mostly static? Absolutely not. You just need to prioritize. While all data is arguably important, organizations need a structured or tiered approach to ensure critical applications and systems are operational first.

The definition of Critical data varies between businesses and each business needs to determine its own standards for differentiating between critical data and non-critical data. However, the general rule of thumb is that data that does not change within a specific period of time is considered non-essential and should be moved to a retention vault. Data that changes should be considered critical and should be priority number one when disaster strikes and data recovery is required.

Not sure how to differentiate between your business’ critical and non-critical data? Contact the experts at ACE IT Solutions, we can customize a data backup and recovery solution that meets your business’ goals and budget and helps reduce downtime in the event of a disaster.

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