Managing a comprehensive disaster recovery (DR) solution internally is no small task for any company.
In fact, the larger a company gets, the more complicated, costly, and time-consuming handling DR becomes.
There are many hurdles a company has to overcome when creating a disaster recovery plan, including:
- Setting up an alternate offsite data center
- Acquiring a colocation or hosting provider
- Building out the entire DR stack at the alternate site
- Licensing, installing and testing DR software
- DR Test preparation and planning
These tasks add to the labor needs of IT operations and create added complexity of management. Yet, each of these tasks is necessary to create a robust disaster recovery solution that adds resiliency for businesses.
Cutting corners in a disaster recovery solution could create potential points of failure when the solution is most needed.
There is one way for businesses to simplify their disaster recovery strategy and reduce the related capital expenditures without cutting corners: using managed disaster recovery services.
Cost Benefits of Managed DR Services
By using a managed DR service, companies can eliminate some of the largest capital expenses associated with disaster recovery.
With an internally-managed DR solution, the company has to acquire a remotely-located data center. Physical distance from the primary data center is a must for creating geodiversity and resiliency.
Additionally, hardware, networking, power, cooling systems, and other data center necessities have to be procured and maintained so that this replication environment can provide failover over for the primary environment in an emergency.
Leveraging a managed DR service removes the burden for making and maintaining these acquisitions from the company. The service provider instead supplies all the necessary hardware at a location that they manage using their own DR specialists.
In the case of managed DR services that leverage VM-based replication, the target virtual machines don’t have to be powered on at all times, further reducing costs. The company simply pays a nominal reservation fee so that computing assets can be spun up at a moment’s notice—a fee that is a fraction of the cost of keeping the assets up and running at all times.
Simplifying Business Operations
Beyond reducing costs for disaster recovery, the use of managed DR can greatly simplify business operations.
With managed disaster recovery services, the service provider can use one of their existing data centers to provide geodiversity and resiliency for your DR plan. This eliminates the need to scout potential data center locations, verify network connectivity, acquire all the hardware and infrastructure needed to build a data center, and manage security & maintenance for a remote location.
The service provider takes over these tasks, removing many of the largest, most complicated and time-consuming pain points of creating a disaster recovery solution.
Of course, not just any data center will do. Certified tier IV data centers provide a greater degree of redundancy, security, and resiliency than lesser data centers. So, when vetting a managed DR service provider, companies should check to see what kind of data center the provider uses in addition to where it is located.
Learn more about creating a solid, but simple, disaster recovery plan for your business today!