Backup and recovery are critical for anyone who is building a data-protection structure. From the earliest days of computing, setting aside a recoverable second copy of essential business data has made the difference between a business' survival and its painful death.

Studies by the University of Texas and the Small Business Administration assert that 93 percent of companies that sustain a loss of critical data go out of business within two years. No competent IT manager would assume that kind of risk. But businesses too frequently don't talk about making a backup copy of critical data until a disaster strikes. At that point, it may well be too late.

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