Disasters, whether natural or man-made, happen at the most unexpected moments. As business systems increasingly rely on automation, virtualization, and other information systems, the risks posed by disasters grow. A robust Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) plan can enable timely data recovery and uninterrupted business if disaster strikes.
Disasters offer MSPs, VARs, and Telecom Agents an opportunity to strengthen relationships with business clients. Some skeptical business executives still tend to believe that deadly viruses, cyber attacks, and catastrophic hurricanes are isolated cases. This is a good time for MSPs to let seemingly indifferent clients know the benefits of a cloud-based DR/BC system in enhancing their competitiveness.
Here are noteworthy Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery benefits:
Ease of use
A traditional disaster recovery system requires complex deployment and management, and requires additional budget, time, and IT staff for maintenance. A cloud-based BC/DR plan is a more simple, automated, secure method of replication and recovery, with no need for new hardware or employee training.
A low-cost alternative
All businesses want to prioritize expenses in order to control costs and improve the bottom line. Cloud providers offer BC/DR solutions at reduced prices compared to in-house systems. Additionally, clients pay only for what they use, and can choose among other flexible subscription options.
Integrated yet simplified environment
Many BC/DR service providers offer integration tools that enable clients to consolidate IT needs across data centers. This allows businesses to leverage the same tools, skill sets, and processes they currently use, with equal or greater reliability and security.
Full management support
Disasters happen when least expected. Businesses need a reliable disaster recovery strategy that is always on, and ready to handle anything. With a fully managed solution, businesses receive service provider support at any time, including ensuring that backups are performed frequently, and that replications are successful.
Many disaster recovery service providers also offer a single management interface within the client’s onsite environment. IT staff can access the user interface to monitor replications, and notify the service provider when support is needed.
The degree of confidence clients have in the BC/DR solution they choose greatly depends on the control they have over what to protect, and when and how to do it. Many disaster recovery solutions offer clients the ability to customize replication capabilities. This allows organizations to decide what data and applications to replicate based on needs and priorities.
Recent hacking events and natural calamities have shown the world that loss of data has resulted in thousands of bankruptcies and billions of dollars in losses. Yet, some business leaders still ignore the necessity of a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy.
It certainly is not too late for MSPs, VARs, and Telecom Agents to give their clients a wake-up call. Would clients rather wake up one day to a lost business, or a continuing one? Contact eXemplify Group today to learn more about our business-saving BC/DR solutions.