The Importance of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

As organizations continue to increase their reliance on their IT infrastructure and the underlying data, those that do not have a formal disaster recovery strategy are exposing themselves to a high risk of data recovery failure, which could potentially lead to:

  • Service delivery or product fulfillment interruption;
  • Revenue and/or customer loss;
  • Lawsuits;
  • Business shutdown.

High-profile and complex cyber-attacks, defacement of corporate websites, DDoS attacks, and unanticipated environmental factors are causing unscheduled downtime of critical data.  Such factors emphasize the need to develop effective strategies, to recover critical data and IT services, in the most efficient and effective manner with minimal or accepted loss.

As continuity and recovery services continue to be an integral part of an organization’s success, organizations must determine the most appropriate continuity and recovery strategy for their business model. They should consider the benefits and challenges of the available options:

  • Dedicated
    • Advantages: offers complete control over the in-house DR infrastructure
    • Disadvantages: complex, resource-intensive, significant financial investment/time, recurring infrastructure upgrades
  • Managed
    • Advantages: service provider manages the in-house DR infrastructure
    • Disadvantages: availability and responsiveness of service provider, complex, significant financial investment, recurring infrastructure upgrades
  • Hosted
    • Advantages: service provider owns and manages the DR infrastructure, quicker implementation, additional in-house resources may not be required, allows internal IT personnel to focus more on their core role, DR infrastructure upgrades included, scalable and easily adaptable to latest technology   
    • Disadvantages: availability and responsiveness of service provider

If your organization has yet to develop or needs assistance deciding on the most appropriate Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery strategy, we would be more than happy to provide assistance with such critical services.  Please contact Eric Wright at 412-697-5328.

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