We still rely on physical environments to operate most IT infrastructure. The 2020 pandemic made us shift to a digital environment overnight, and many organizations weren’t prepared to work remotely indefinitely. As IT departments struggled to adjust, compliance and security concerns emerged. An updated and resilient business continuity plan is critical as enterprises carry on.
Critical Compute Options
If your organization houses your critical compute in an office building, it’s time to move that infrastructure out. The fastest option is to engage a colocation provider for a lift-and-shift which protects your infrastructure from physical, power and bandwidth threats. This maneuver will have an immediate benefit with minimal impact.
Moving the critical systems to the cloud using DRaaS is another popular option because DRaaS is scalable and doesn’t require upfront costs. Business-critical information can be replicated to the cloud environment either as a primary point of execution or a backup for physical server systems. Additionally, the right DR provider can offer better recovery time objectives than your company can achieve in-house. With this step, more advanced and resilient services that advance DR readiness are employed.
DIY or Outsource?
It is tempting to manage DR activities in-house, and many smaller enterprises successfully navigate the exercise. However, outsourcing DR is often the best path, especially for mid-market and large companies. Two critical questions to consider are: If DR is performed in-house, will it drive revenue to the bottom line? And is the implementation core to my business?
If the answers are no, then outsource. Contracting the service out will free up your IT resources to focus on projects that add revenue to the bottom line.
Protecting infrastructure against long-term outages is the goal, which means your DR strategy must be flexible and easily adaptable. Also remember that once operations have stabilized after an emergency, your DR plan should include factors to determine whether or not to implement long-term crisis procedures.
Whether a tested DR plan is in place (or there is no plan at all), a qualified disaster recovery provider should evaluate your current status. With an expert review, your DR strategy can become more robust with new planning, design initiatives and system upgrades.
Be Proactive: Build A Strong Infrastructure
If your workloads are not safeguarded, select the top 10 applications in your environment to protect with a cloud-based DRaaS solution now. Immediately start planning the remainder of your DR strategy. If your IT team is working from an existing plan, evaluate what sections of the environment are vulnerable and make adjustments.
Disaster recovery is not a set it and forget it insurance policy; it’s continually evolving. A solid DR plan requires time and expertise to develop, which leads to additional investments in resources and infrastructure to secure it. If DR isn’t an element of your core business, the best strategy is to partner with a proven DR service provider to develop and manage the infrastructure.
Turn to A Provider You Can Trust
Recovery Point Systems is a leading national provider of disaster recovery platforms and services. We specialize in serving enterprises that require a sophisticated partner to manage their DR platforms. Recovery Point supports all technology environments from x86 DRaaS to mainframe and most legacy systems between. Known for our exceptional customer service, we excel in assisted and fully managed DR.