Disaster Recovery Plan

Some stats on disaster recovery

If you’ve ever known disaster, whether it be natural or cyber, you know just how serious it can be. Obvious causes include storms that inflict on-site damage or malicious attacks, but even user error can trigger disaster at a moment’s notice. Regardless of how your business conceives of these threats, the cruel fact remains: 93% of companies without a data recovery plan face closure within a year of a major disaster.

According to phoenixNAP, over the past five years, half of all businesses have weathered a downtime event longer than a full working day. The most common causes are:

  • 45% - hardware failure
  • 35% - loss of power
  • 34% - software failure
  • 23% - external security breaches
  • 20% - accidental user error

According to DataCore, for the businesses that experienced a downtime event, only half were confident they could restore 100% of their data. Smaller and medium sized businesses face greater fallout from these disasters, often because they have fewer IT staff, and a smaller portion of funding allocated towards technology resources.

Reports have also found that 75% of small businesses do not have a disaster recovery plan in place, creating a huge liability for an already overtaxed budget. Given the tremendous cost associated with data recovery, roughly $100,000 per incident, small businesses face a more arduous recovery process.

Keep in mind that 1 in 3 businesses reported a virus or malware attack in the last five years. Also, 58% of businesses breaches in the last 12 months have been due to viruses and malware and only 2% of businesses were able to recover from their latest security event within an hour.

Fortunately, the majority of these problems are avoidable through strategic planning. 96% of companies with thorough disaster recovery and data backup plans were able to avoid the fallout from ransomware attacks. By leveraging a resource such as TimbukTech, your company will have the benefit of:

  • Disaster recovery
  • Retention and reporting
  • Data backup and restoration
  • High availability and shared storage
  • Infrastructure design and architecture

If you're looking to outfit your business with affordable, enterprise protection, contact a TimbukTech expert today.


Managed IT Service

What to look for in Managed IT Services in central Illinois

Outsourcing your company’s IT can be complex. There are many factors to consider and many IT solutions out there. Before you start looking for managed IT services, you need to know what you’re looking for.

Not all IT solutions in central Illinois a created equal. A managed IT service may offer very minimal services or very extensive services and it’s up to you to determine what level of service you need.

On-premise or off-premise IT administration services.

A Managed Service Provider, or MSP, may provide services either on-site or remotely. If services are provided on-site, an MSP may complete hardware upgrades and troubleshoot hardware problems, while working directly with employees to resolve issues. If services are provided remotely, an MSP may operate primarily server-side and through screen sharing. Either way, IT administrative services will bridge any gaps a company currently has with its internal IT department.

Managed cloud services.

Many companies are moving towards cloud-based solutions. MSPs that specialize in cloud services will secure, protect, monitor, and maintain the company's cloud solutions, providing an as-a-Service infrastructure for the company. Companies that want to outsource their software solutions may want to establish a relationship with a cloud-based MSP, as they will be able to deploy the needed cloud-based solutions.

Help desk solutions.

Companies that don't have an internal IT department (or who want to refocus their IT department to higher priority tasks) can use the services of a help desk solution. A help desk solution will respond to trouble tickets from within the company, addressing internal issues and putting out fires. This frees up the company's own IT staff for more important tasks.

Data backup and protection.

Data is central to the operations of the modern business. MSPs may provide advanced data backup and protection suites, which will protect the company's data from malicious attacks or negligence. Frequently, cloud-based backup solutions are used to redundantly sync and protect data.

Security solutions.

Security-as-a-Service is becoming a more popular way to protect a company's infrastructure and its data. Advanced security solutions are able to monitor a network environment and identify potentially malicious behavior. An MSP will be alerted to security issues and can work to mitigate them quickly.

TimbukTech offers all of these services, so it’s time to assess your current IT infrastructure and pain points to determine the services that you need. We can walk you through the assessment in a short meeting to begin to develop a plan for your business going forward.

The needs of a company can vary depending on its industry. TimbukTech specializes in quite a few industries including financial, healthcare, local government, manufacturing, retail, and small business. Our experience in these industries makes us very knowledgeable and ready to take on industries beyond these as well!

A managed IT service provider is going to work with you as a partner. Once you find the right fit, you’re sure to improve upon and optimize your company’s entire IT infrastructure. Give TimbukTech a call at 309-444-7263 to begin exploring your options close to home!


data backup being performed on desktop computer and laptop

Is Data Backup as a Service right for your business?

Data Backup as a Service (DBaaS) is a cloud service specifically for backing up data. It is a cloud service that is used for data backups alone.  Since DBaaS is a specialized service, it provides better backup services than generic cloud services. It is also known to be a more affordable alternative for small businesses.

Cost Savings

It is important to keep costs down, but this shouldn’t be at the expense of quality service delivery.  Since data backup plays a huge role in the success of a business, an investment in data backup is crucial. Data Backup as a Service offers the balance between quality service and low cost. In other words, it is a huge bargain for any businesses to make use of Data Backup services. There is no doubt that investing in such services will cut your stress levels as a business owner.

Remote Access

The use of DBaaS guarantees that data is accessible in any part of the world provided there is access to the internet.  This reduces the need to move around with physical backup devices. As a business grows, its reliance on physical backup devices will backfire as the need for more storage space arises. Even in cases such as this, the data is fixed to a physical location.

With Data Backup as a Service, a business is guaranteed a scalable data backup service. Storage space can be upgraded and downgraded when desired, and the data remains accessible in any part of the world.

Increased Data Safety

In many cases, you’ll find businesses making use of physical storage devices. This can be considered to be a cheap alternative, but it’s not one that will benefit the business.  The use of a physical backup device ties the business to a physical device. In unfortunate cases, the physical storage devices get damaged, corrupted or even lost. Businesses which rely on this are sitting on a keg of gunpowder. With data backup as a service the business doesn’t have to worry about the safety of data as it is now in the hands of a managed IT services provider such as TimbukTech. You can trust us to do the job well.

You’ll find it useful to know that this is still the best solution for growing businesses; as Data Backup services are needed when it grows from a small scale to a medium or large-scale business.  Data Backup services are the most efficient way for businesses to backup their data and save themselves lots of worry and stress.

Let us help you maintain your data backups so you can focus more on your productivity! TimbukTech’s service area includes Canton, Macomb, and Washington, Illinois and the surrounding areas. Many of our clients have multiple locations and out of state locations as well. If you’re looking for an IT services and support company in central Illinois please call us at 309-444-7263.