2Data 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.
3Recovery 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.
4Most 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.
5Benefits to Be Reaped Through Experience
6Dont 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.
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.
8The Focus Is Only on the DR Business
9Wider 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.
10Understanding 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.
11A 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.