Disaster recovery solutions have evolved over time. When the idea of creating a disaster recovery solution came around and started gaining speed, the only way to connect to a solution was to come up with your own. In fact, many organizations would actually build a completely separate data center off site to store all their critical data.
While it has become vital for companies of all sizes to have a disaster recovery plan in place, it’s no longer acceptable that the only option one has is to build their own brick and mortar solution. Thanks to cloud-based vendors who have invested heavily in disaster recovery solutions, getting connected to a good one is no longer such a chore.
Navigating the Complexities
While it is true that cloud-based solutions come with many perks, going from an on-premise to an off-site solution doesn’t happen overnight. It takes intentional planning to make that migration a success. There are many complexities to consider, even after you’ve established who your vendor is going to be.
Your disaster recovery plan needs to begin with a breakdown of everything related to your IT. If you’ve got a secondary disaster recovery facility in place, what are the advantages you expect to see by going to the cloud? Some organizations might ease into the situation with a hybrid model, while in other cases, jumping directly and fully into the cloud is a better idea. As you account for what you currently do, you’ll have a better idea of which path is a better fit for your organization.
Are you already locked into software licenses? If you’re breaking any leases, you have to factor this into your costs, which could necessitate waiting for a while before moving forward. Furthermore, jumping to a cloud-based solution comes with support agreements and software licensing of its own, which means you have to fully vet whom you’re dealing with before you ink the deal.
All good plans account for success and failure. You need to know how long you can go without your critical data before it negatively impacts your organization. Your disaster recovery provider should be able to get you up and running before that time limit comes and goes. The amount of data you can afford to lose is another metric that needs to be studied as you choose a provider.
At Truth Comm, our clients need someone on their side that stays ahead of the technology curve, which is why we carry the latest solutions. Our in-depth experience give us insight into how a proper disaster recovery strategy should work, so contact us today and let’s discuss our methods.