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