You established your business objectives for 2017 and failed to include, for one reason or another, Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP). You might as well toss the other goals into the trash. Your failure to plan is like planning to fail. Your DRP is no longer an option, it’s a necessity. We live in a fast-paced world and it’s only getting faster. Downtime can be critical and cause irreversible damage to the company you’ve worked so hard to build. Here are the top 4 arguments we hear about why there’s no DRP in place, and why we know they’re wrong.
- “I can’t afford a backup server.” This used to be a – somewhat – valid excuse. Data storage equipment isn’t cheap, and the more data you have, the more expensive it gets. You also had to anticipate future need as well so you bought enough storage. But, we live in a new age where hardware is only one option. Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) is extremely affordable in comparison to physical storage. It has the added benefits of not taking up physical space, only requiring you to pay for what you need, and being infinitely flexible if you need more or less.
- “My area never experiences disasters.” Disasters don’t just mean the mother nature, wrath of God type events. More often than not, data disasters are caused by equipment failure, software malfunctions, or good old- fashioned human error. We have come a long way in how reliable IT can be; It lasts longer, works faster, and can store incredible amounts with far less than ever. But very few pieces of hardware or software have a perfect track record. Are you willing to bet your reputation that your equipment won’t fail? We rely so heavily on our technology, any loss can be catastrophic.
- “My company can handle a little downtime.” We used to spend a lot of time waiting for our dial-up modems to send and receive info. Waiting was a way of life, especially online. That is not how it works anymore. We expect everything instantly. If that isn’t happening, we’ll find someone else who can provide us with the same thing you can, but quicker. Downtime can lead to loss of customer loyalty, and that hits you right in the bottom line.
- “My business isn’t big enough to warrant a DRP.” Maybe you just have a small setup with a handful of customers, so it seems unnecessary. Do you keep records? Are they important to the operation of your business? Do you value your customer’s trust and loyalty? Then you need a DRP. Small businesses are a special breed that succeed on a very personal and direct connection with their customers. If you experience a disaster, like a data breach of your client’s information, your customer base may decide it’s time to give their business to someone bigger that can be better prepared.
There’s no excuse to not have a thorough and updated Disaster Recovery Plan. DRaaS makes it easier than ever to execute. Contact the backup and recovery experts Corporate Technologies Group today to get your DRP in place for 2017. If you have a plan, find out how it measures up against a truly robust DRP by downloading our Disaster Recovery Checklist below.