Businesses maximize DR efforts through virtualization, outside service

Businesses maximize DR efforts through virtualization, outside service

June 27

Disaster recovery is a key aspect of any business, as important as insurance or marketing strategies, and vital to the survival of the company. Decision-makers should not be asking if a disaster could happen to them, but when it will happen.

The first step in any DR plan is to ensure the safety of employees. Following this, a company has to minimize the data loss that occurs. Whether a natural disaster or system crash, data loss is bound to occur during a crisis, and a business must be prepared to recover as much data as possible with reliable data backup software.

According to MSPmentor, the tricks to successful business continuity in the event of a disaster are implementation, education, and testing. These three steps can help ensure that the company has invested in the best possible backup solution possible for its operational needs, and that its employees know how to act before, during, and following a crisis.

DR is about being ready for a disaster and knowing what to do afterward. Implementing a solution, ensuring that employees know how to use it, and gaining the confidence from thoroughly testing that system is the only way to meet both of these criteria. However, many businesses have a third requirement for every IT solution, let alone DR, which is low cost.

While a backup and recovery system pays for itself once a disaster occurs by minimizing loss, business is about maximizing profits, and as such, minimizing expenses. Traditional backup and recovery solutions involve time, money, and resource-intensive tape systems that must be frequently updated and taken off-site to a secure storage facility. However, evolving technology offers an alternative to these costly systems now. According to Kurt Marko of InformationWeek, virtualization and the cloud allow a company to automate its DR solution, reducing costs and resource expenditure while making the solution more secure and even easier to access after an emergency.

Many businesses are already adopting virtual machines, the cloud, and other improved technology, making the use of these services for server backup solutions the next logical step. However, according to Marko, it is important to still monitor and maintain these solutions. Pure automation is never 100 percent and may still require guidance. However, by improving DR solutions, a business can ensure that it is securing its data in a reliable and easy-to-recover manner.