Business Continuity Data protection solutions are essential for all businesses to implement, regardless of size, industry and geographic location. While most small businesses may not have the same size IT budget as larger enterprises, the risks facing their business data are the same. Data backup solutions come in all different flavors. No matter what solution you chose, implementing data backup and business continuity should be a priority for your organization. Network outages and human error account for 50% and 45% of downtime, respectively. Meanwhile, natural disasters account for just 10 percent of downtime. If you’ve been putting off data protection because your organization is located far from any inclement weather, be warned: the bigger threat to your data is inside of your company, not the great outdoors. What are SMBs doing to protect themselves? Over 60% of them still ship tapes to a storage facility or another office, a surprising number, considering the technology is over four decades old and the storage and retrieval processes are extremely cumbersome. Meanwhile, nearly 20% are already using some sort of cloud-based data backup. What To Look For In A Business Continuity Solution: Hybrid Cloud Backup - a hybrid approach fixes the vulnerabilities that a cloud-only or local-only possess. Superior Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) - think in terms of business continuity rather than simple backup, and calculate how much downtime your business can endure and still survive as well as how much data you can afford to lose. Image-based backup - make sure that the backup solution takes images of all data and systems rather than simply copying the files.