Your Businesses Will Eventually Experience a Disaster

Are You Prepared?

You have worked hard to create your business.  People now make their livelihood from jobs in your organization.  They commit long hours when times are tough and they celebrate with you when the business has success.  It might have started very small or maybe you took over a small operation, but now there are several moving pieces and while you feel comfortable with SQL Server, you are looking for a trusted partner to make sure all is well.

As the owner of a business or the person responsible to keep the lights on, you are looking for ways to protect your growing data.  In the beginning, you or your IT buddy could do everything to meet the needs of the organization.  As your business grows, you want to make sure you have a way to backup everything and make sure it is recoverable.

In the past, you didn’t need to worry about your environment because you knew how it all worked and downtime every now and then was just part of the normal business operations.  Now you have a business that is growing and you want to protect your SQL Server data and you want to make it available at a price you feel comfortable with.

What keeps you up at night?

Equipment Failure

Unproven DR Plan

Database Corruption

Human Error

Database Performance Issues

Malicious Software

Application Error


You don’t have to continue your worry

Carlos Chacon

Carlos Chacon

Managing Partner



The reason you haven’t implemented a strategy yet

Disaster Recovery is expensive

Because disaster recovery is normally only used when absolutely needed, the investment to get two of everything is more than you are willing to commit to.

I have too many other projects on my plate

There are so many parts to the plan I am not sure where to begin

The plan I have in place is too difficult to test

Aren’t you looking for someone to help you get items off your to do list?  It’s ok, I can help.

Most owners think as long as they have a plan, they will be ok when disaster strikes.  This is where they are wrong! They need to have a system that allows them to periodically review the plan and ensure they can get everything back up again.

I have spent the last 10 years working with SQL Server and have had plenty of late nights working on a system after something went bump in the night.  I have been working to reduce those late nights and make sure I am prepared when disaster strikes.

I regularly speak at SQL Server related events and talk with the project managers at Microsoft about the cloud and new features organizations can take advantage of.  If you want a partner you can trust with your SQL Server Data, please consider scheduling a call with us.  I think you will be glad you did.

According to one study by Traveler’s insurance*, only 52% of small businesses were operating with a business continuity plan.

The value of data

  • 61% of respondents acknowledge data is now a driver of revenues in its own right and is becoming as valuable to their businesses as their existing products and services.
  • 54% of respondents say their data investments over the next three years will outstrip past investment.*

Your data contains everything you need to run your business. From the customer management system you use in sales to the transaction data that your accountants rely on, your data contains everything you’ve built thus far.

But what if it was not accessible or even disappeared?

Does your staff have DR covered?

Many companies who experience disasters have IT staff on hand, yet are still unable to quickly (in the agreed upon timelines) recover from a disaster… if at all.

How is this possible?

Many IT teams are simply stretched too thin. If there is documentation, it’s outdated. In the worst case scenarios, the response procedures reside in a DBA’s head. (And the DBA left a year ago!)  Even worse than a lack of documentation is the lack of routine data protection tasks. Many IT teams stop at backups and forget the restoration and corruption preparation steps that are vital to a successful Disaster Recovery plan. Tasks like regularly restoring from backups often fall to the end of their list.

All the money you invested in building your database and growing your business will have been for naught if your data is unrecoverable.

If you are using SQL Server in your business, you can ensure your data needs are being met.  We can help.

How to Limit Your DR Costs

It was not too long ago you had to be two of everything if you wanted to have a disaster recovery plan in place.  The cloud changes this.  Instead of having a standby environment, you can have simply move your backups to the cloud and pay a minimal cost for this storage–normally about $100 a month.  You manage the backups and then pay only for the servers when you actually need them.  The time to get those servers up and restore from backup starts around 4 hours.

Instead of having 2x your costs,  can introduce the cloud into your environment and reduce the costs to around 1.25 because you won’t have to pay for servers until you absolutely need them or when you want to test your failover processes.

If you have questions about the cloud or are unsure, where to begin–we can help you there as well.

I throughly enjoyed working with SQL Data Partners.  I don’t have to worry about my SQL Servers with them–they are a perfect fit for any team. They’re highly recommended.

Rodney Mullins

Manager, Software Planning and Development, McGuireWoods

Let's Talk About Your Needs

Disaster recovery is a huge project and perhaps you are unsure of where you should start. With 30 minutes of discussing your environment, you will be able to.

  1. Understand the different recovery options available.
  2. Start a list of the recovery time objectives for your important applications.
  3. Have a list of smaller items to discuss with your team.

We will have to move fast to get through this in 30 minutes, but don’t worry, I’ll help keep us on track.  In the end you will be able to come away with better understanding of what you want to accomplish and some tasks needed to help move you in the right direction.