A business continuity or disaster recovery plan is crucial for all businesses. The plan involves more than just restoring files from backups; it keeps your critical online services and applications running during power outages or loss of Internet connection.
It also allows your employees to continue working and communicating in times of disaster, as well as keeps your files intact. Rather than having an in-house recovery center, there are many other affordable and convenient solutions available today. IT consulting firms such as Virtual DataWorks can provide any of the following:
This involves using a shared data facility for space, network connectivity, cooling, and power. Your vendor provides space and security, but you will buy, install, and configure the data recovery software and hardware. It requires less time and costs than running an in-house data center and gives you control and many customization options over your data. Co-location, however, requires frequent site visits to deploy your hardware.
Sometimes called managed hosting, this option resembles co-location, but your vendor also supplies and deploys the infrastructure, maintenance, and monitoring software that allows you to access your site remotely. Though it may be less costly than other options, managed co-location gives you less control over your physical infrastructure and allows for less customization.
This solution involves backing up data over a cloud computing environment. The vendor’s data center is your recovery site; therefore, you spend nothing on systems, personnel, and facilities. Cloud-based data recovery costs less than other solutions but gives you minimal control over your data and has few customization options.
Finding a balance between the cost and the amount of control you want over your data is important in choosing the right data recovery solution. Your choice will also depend on your employees’ skills, the environment, and your company’s size, compliance, and security needs. Getting an appropriate disaster recovery solution keeps your information safe from natural disasters, cyber-attacks, and human error.