Why work with a disaster recovery provider?
There are compelling reasons to outsource disaster recovery and business continuity services to a specialist provider:
Dedicated focus - In the event of a disaster, internal IT departments or production services providers will be focused on systems repair. They’ll be working under pressure and under testing conditions, meaning human error is a real risk, especially if they’re trying to invoke a recovery plan at the same time. Outsourcing DR to a dedicated specialist mitigates this risk and speeds up the recovery process.
Redundancy - In the context of infrastructure, redundancy is a long-established best practice that ensures system continuity when systems fail. The concept is equally applicable to DR. Keeping your primary IT function separate from your DR function gives you redundancy at the supplier level and removes a potential conflict of interest. Faced with an internal systems failure, your primary team can work on restoring operations on-site whilst your DR provider focuses on implementing your recovery plan.
Expertise - Technology does not stand still and IT environments are becoming increasingly complex. Keeping abreast of new products, services and processes is a real challenge for most organisations with an in-house IT function. Many simply do not possess the time, knowledge or skill sets required to devise, implement and maintain an ever-evolving DR plan. It makes strategic and commercial sense to outsource this important work to a company that does.