Data Storage: Backup, Disaster Recovery System Cost Justification: 10 Convincing Tips

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-07-01 Print this article Print
Your Companys Data Is Valuable

Your Companys Data Is Valuable

Data is the essence of any organization. However, backup and DR/COOP investments can be difficult to sell internally because their benefits aren't readily apparent in the bottom line. Just like with any insurance policy, these technologies matter most when the unpredictable happens, such as when a hurricane, tornado or catastrophic fire hits; a building floods; or a human error occurs. IT administrators should enlighten executives about all the disaster scenarios that actually happen fairly often. This can be done by calculating the cost of the DR systems needed to protect the data along with the potential savings over time as compared to inaction.
Data and files have to be counted among any organization's critical assets along with products, cash, securities, raw materials and intellectual property. That makes disaster recovery (DR) and continuity of operation (COOP) systems the insurance policies that protect data assets from loss. Corporate and government executives understand this. Yet all too often, they are still unwilling to allocate adequate budgets to their IT departments to protect their data. Executives ever-aware of budgetary pressures often make the mistake of believing backup and disaster recovery does nothing to enhance their organization's bottom line or its mission. In order to determine if outsourcing backup and DR to a cloud provider makes sense, all IT decision makers need to understand how much it costs to provide a similar service level internally. In this eWEEK slide show, Chris Poelker, vice president of enterprise solutions at FalconStor Software, explores 10 tips to validate any new DR and COOP technology to determine whether the cost of implementing it is justified.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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