ASPs Disaster Recovery
ASPs Disaster Recovery 1. What should you know about your ASPs disaster recovery plan?"One of the most important questions you can ask is whether youre going to have a dedicated server," says Mika Krammer, research director with market research firm Gartner. The most serious ASP-related disaster is watching your ASP go out of business. If your data is on its own server, you may be able to walk in and purchase it outright. ASP customers that have their own servers also avoid problems such as viruses and outages brought on by other companies that share their sites. Of course, the typical disaster recovery drill also applies here. An ASP should be able to tell you how often it backs up your data, how much time it needs to get your system back up in case of a failure, and whether it uses off-site backup, says Joel Schleicher, CEO of Interpath, an ASP.
If your ASP goes down, you can literally be without the applications you need to conduct business. If youre an e-business, the impact is even more immediate. You cant tell your site visitors to come back tomorrow. Thus youll want to ask your ASP several questions before you sign on the dotted line.