Every business is in need of a tried and thoroughly tested backup plan. But when every second of downtime puts you one step closer to being out of business entirely, simply having a plan isn’t enough.
Many organizations have a backup system that is actually a mix of different software systems from different vendors. They’re using one product for the server, another one for virtual machines, and yet another specially for databases. Seems innocent enough, but taming this mixed up beast can make for a case of one headache after another.
The company running multiple backup applications has multiple systems to account for, each with its own unique set of features and challenges. Over time, this lack of uniformity can make it very difficult to determine how mission-critical data, applications, and processes are accounted for across the organization. It could be a few overlooked incompatibilities between vendor systems that result in backups being skipped or failed attempts at recovery in that crucial time of need. Standardization is an idea that aims to put problems such as this to bed.
In the context of disaster recovery, standardization aims to create an all-in-one backup solution. So instead of having individual applications for each system, you have a fully integrated software tool baked into an appliance that consolidates all your data protection needs into a single platform. With the right combination of hardware, software, and infrastructure, IT service providers can offer a solution that optimizes backup and recovery operations in unified fashion. The standardized approach comes with some rather compelling benefits.
Centralized control: An IT administrator may be responsible for three or more backup systems with different interfaces, controls, settings, and options. The standardized concept dreams of one system that centralizes everything under one roof. IT administrators can save precious time and work smarter by using a single tool that manages backup and recovery operations for operating systems, virtual environments, databases, and more.
Integrated power: Beyond centralization and simplification, standardization strives for reliable data protection. Administrators need tools that allow them to effectively manage each vital component of their disaster recovery strategy. Armed with a standardized solution, they can schedule incremental backups, organize virtual backups, and create data protection policies using one powerful solution. In the end, leaner backups are produced, data loss is eliminated, and data recovery is a cinch.
Fast recovery: Standardizing backup and recovery offers the fastest way to bounce back and resume business operations. This uniform cohesion should span across the entire data center and help eliminate potential roadblocks during the recovery process. So whether it’s software, servers, or peripherals, failed components can be immediately swapped out with readily available replacements without needing to make rush orders with vendor partners.
Cost savings: The consolidated DR approach is even more appealing when bundled in an attractive pricing package. Strategic MSPs can offer clients substantial upfront savings by leveraging the cloud’s flexible “pay-as-you-go” pricing model. Further savings can be unlocked through volume discount pricing, which offers companies a better deal the more users and devices they need to support.
Tech research firm TechNavio predicted that the worldwide disaster recovery services industry will grow roughly 12.5 percent per year from 2014 to 2019, with heavy hitters such as Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, RackSpace, and Verizon all slugging it out for supremacy. The ability to effectively standardize disaster recovery can position IT service providers at any level to compete for a hefty slice of the pie trends like cloud computing, virtualization, and ongoing security breaches have cooked up for the market.
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