10 Compelling Reasons for Outsourcing Disaster Recovery

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10 Compelling Reasons for Outsourcing Disaster Recovery

by Chris Preimesberger

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Data Center Diversity

Most data centers are a collection of new and old equipment from multiple vendors. Working with a disaster recovery provider helps companies leverage a shared pool of current and legacy equipment. The provider can also bring an expert recovery services team, skilled in working in complex IT environments.

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Recovery Systems Readiness

Businesses can rarely afford to have recovery systems that stand idle waiting to respond to a disaster. A disaster recovery service provider can have hundreds of servers available at a single site for business recovery—shrinking recovery times at a fraction of the cost of maintaining this equipment internally.

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Most Staff Members Lack Recovery Experience

At most companies, many IT staff have never had to participate in a full recovery at a remote site. Lack of ongoing experience can cost a business as it needs to wait longer for systems to be recovered. A service provider can strengthen IT resources by expanding organizational expertise with people skilled in recovery methodologies and best practices.

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Benefits to Be Reaped Through Experience

No one can predict the issues an organization will encounter as it attempts to recover operations at a secondary site. Working with a service provider whose primary business is disaster recovery gives access to knowledge acquired from thousands of recovery tests and events.

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Dont Have to Worry About Testing a Disaster Recovery Plan

Many businesses are short on IT staff and time resources. In this environment, disaster recovery testing can be deferred, putting a company's recovery plan at risk. A disaster recovery service provider can be a resource to manage recovery testing; allowing organizations to know recovery plans will work before disaster strikes.

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Human Capital

When a disaster occurs, an organization needs to focus on its most important asset—its employees. Disaster Recovery service providers maintain a dedicated support team who understand their role in the recovery process. They also offer flexible options and workspaces for employees to work in a safe environment, either remotely or on-site.

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The Focus Is Only on the DR Business

Service providers are dedicated to Disaster Recovery services and do not just offer DR as a sideline business. If a company is distracted by other business priorities, it will be difficult to retain the level of dedicated support required.

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Wider Scope of Service

Service providers understand and can fulfill the full range of an organization's critical service requirements, such as different operating platforms, communication services and integrated applications. Thus a DR provider is able to recover crucial operating systems faster, saving thousands of dollars in revenue from being lost.

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Understanding of Standards and Regulations

To avoid hefty fines from audits, data centers need to be compliant and on top of industry regulations such as Federal Continuity Directive 1 and 2, Title 21 CFR part 11, and SOX Act (section 404), just to name a few. DR providers bring an expertise with accreditations, levels of privacy and government mandates, potentially saving a company from unplanned financial penalties.

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A Robust Infrastructure

A disaster recovery service provider can offer a top-notch infrastructure, complies with PCI DSS and SAS 70 Type II standards, and has the capability to ensure that hosted applications are available on a 24/7 basis. A DR service provider can also provide scalable solutions and the option to upgrade your capabilities over time as business needs grow and change.

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