Should your company invest on disaster recovery services? What are the factors you must consider? Read on to get your questions answered.
Over the last couple of years, there has been an on-going battle between rising business demands for disaster recovery services and flat IT budget. What is the way out to get most out of your IT budget and address the gap in your IT capabilities at the same time? One option is to outsource disaster recovery services.
Building a disaster recovery center is an expensive proposition that would require significant investments in terms of storage, bandwidth, servicers and secondary data centers. Though recent technology developments like virtualization can reduce a certain amount of up-front cost, DR services are still expensive. However, outsourcing DR services can help your company to drastically lower its costs.
To determine if outsourcing disaster recovery is right for your company, ask yourself questions about your Recovery Point Objectives, the expected Recovery Time Objectives and your expected DR performance requirements. Asking yourself such questions will enable you to understand if you should invest on DR services.
3 factors to consider when outsourcing disaster recovery services
Before you step into outsourcing your DR requirements, use these three factors to evaluate if outsourcing DR is for you.
1. Analyze your Requirements: Before you outsource, you must understand your disaster recovery requirements from your company’s perspective. Without a proper understanding of your business needs, you may overspend or be dissatisfied.
2. Weigh your options: Asses all the possible outsourcing options and consider the capabilities of each service provider. You must remember that not all disaster recovery outsourcing is the same and that there are a wide array of solutions designed to address different needs.
3. Evaluate existing capabilities and the business environment: Understanding your existing skill sets or the lack of it and assessing your infrastructure and other facilities can play an important role in titling the scales in favour or against outsourcing. Continue reading