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According to a 2014 FEMA-US Chamber of Commerce study, 40 percent of businesses fail to reopen after a disaster. Another 25 percent fail entirely within the first post-disaster year.

One of the chief reasons for these failures is the loss of business-critical data. If an organization’s backup system was designed before data volumes began to grow exponentially—or before IT infrastructures became highly virtualized—the company may find itself in a tight spot.

Modernization is the key. Here are six benefits you can realize by updating your organization’s data storage and backup infrastructures:

  1. Stop Wasting Time: Modernization shortens the time IT and storage managers spend searching for new backup and recovery technologies and suppliers. It also helps streamline the implementation of the best solution.
  1. Unify Backup and DR: Modernization also reduces complexity by taking a unified approach to data backup and disaster recovery.
  1. Leverage Existing Investments: You can also lower costs with newer technologies that allow the company to leverage existing investments more efficiently.
  1. Increase Performance: The modernization approach allows you to deploy additional storage options such as flash, SAN or NAS disk tiers, tape and cloud to accelerate responsiveness and performance.
  1. Streamline Recovery: You can also streamline your organization’s ability to recover applications and data from diverse environments.
  1. Manage Growth: With modernization, you can more easily manage data growth by deploying global deduplication and rapid snapshot-based protection.

Want to learn more about the benefits of modernizing your storage and backup infrastructure? First find out if your data is a liability or an asset by taking this quiz:

You can then determine if there’s a smarter way to manage storage—these six steps help you define your strategy: