With the importance of disaster recovery solutions to the continuity of your business, it goes without saying that decisions regarding this area of your IT environment should not be made without thought. After all, your backup and disaster recovery system is your saving grace in the instance of a disaster. Remember, you aren't just picking any backup and DR solution, make sure to choose the platform that is most appropriate for your business needs. This also means that, if you are going the cloud route, you need to choose a service provider that aligns well with your company's goals and initiatives. But how do you pick the best DR solution and service provider combination for your business? Here are 3 considerations your company should keep in mind when choosing a DR solution and service provider.
1. Identify the Right Solution
When selecting a DR solution, it's easy to become overwhelmed by the numerous options and the latest technology on the market. When this happens, it's best to take a step back and identify which DR solution fits your specific business needs. Is the majority of your data mission-critical? Do you have plans to grow the amount of data you backup? What are your RTOs and RPOs?
More and more frequently, companies have been turning to cloud-based solutions for their ease of deployment, scalability, and cost-effectiveness. The right cloud solution for you will depend on your existing IT infrastructure, pricing model and more. To help you understand which solution is a good fit, check out this quick breakdown of cloud solutions:
Need more information? Check out our blog on Public Vs Private Vs Hybrid cloud.
2. Select a Service Provider that Understands Your Goals
The right solution for your business would not be complete without choosing the right service provider to host your solution. Whatever DR solution you choose, it is important to make sure that you have done your due diligence to select a service provider that aligns with your goals. But first, make sure you understand what those goals are. How often will you be backing up? Are there any restrictions on where and how your data can be hosted?
Outlining your backup and disaster recovery goals helps both parties to: 1. select the right solution and 2. remain accountable. These goals can be identified as part of a larger disaster recovery plan.
3. Don't be Afraid to Ask Questions
Make the process of selecting a service provider easier on yourself by asking the right questions. Too often companies become dissatisfied with their service providers because they did not ask the tough questions during the decision process. Ultimately, you want to find a service provider that offers solutions with:
- Geographic Redundancy
- Ultra-Low Latency and High Availability
- Flexible Pricing Model
- Compatibility with your Existing Hardware
To understand if your service provider meets the above criteria, you have to ask! Make sure to ask:
- What IT assets a given DRaaS offering can protect?
- How these assets are made available for recovery?
- How can the offering integrate with existing backup solutions?
- And many more!
The Bottom Line
Here at NewCloud Networks we have worked with mid-enterprise CIOs for more than 30 years. Throughout this time we have installed, maintained and upgraded all varieties of backup and disaster recovery systems, while watching things like cloud computing and virtual environments become mainstream. Our tech providers understand the true value of the options available to you, and are ready to help you find the BDR that is most suited for your needs and expectations. Check out our video case studies!