The sad fact is that even in organisations that think they have disaster recovery (DR) plans, the reality can be worryingly different from the perception. However, when it comes to ensuring your managed services provider (MSP) in London includes a truly hardened DR strategy, there are some very simple steps you can follow.
Data You Don’t Backup is Data You Don’t Want
Yes, it has become a tired old maxim, but it is amazing how often experienced IT pros forget to ensure they’ve considered their company’s or client’s DR plans in light of this simple statement.
So, sit down and consider how to use this maxim as the foundation of your DR strategy. The upshot? A competent survey of all data is required. Hence, we can see that an initial audit of your data needs is the starting point.
Don’t Get Stuck in History
Okay, so your organisation implemented and fully documented a competent IT audit to establish the data you produce, hold, and handle. Your DR strategy has catered for all eventualities and all that audited data is safe, right?
Has nothing changed since that initial audit? Doubtful, right? So, your competent DR strategy will have to enforce regular follow-up audits to ensure any changes in the data structure and processes are reflected in an updated disaster recovery strategy.
Budgeting for DR
As any competent member of organisational management soon realises, resources that are seen as unused will soon be seen as unneeded, and this can wreak havoc. After all, if you’ve deployed a guru-level managed services provider in London to create an IT structure totally safe from the need to trigger your DR strategy, some players in the organisation could fall into the trap of seeing it as over-specified and, therefore, consuming more budget than is necessary.
According to IT consulting professionals in London, by regularly auditing your IT and DR arrangements, you can ensure that you’re safe from shifting needs that weaken you DR. You can also update your DR strategy based on real up-to-date audit reports that will strengthen the case for any budget you have secured.
Don’t Forget the Cost of the Disaster
It is vitally important to work with other areas of your business to capture and measure the potential cost of the disaster. Once you have defined those potential losses, you have your very strong argument, should any other area of your organization start to cast its beady eye on your vital DR budget.
Test, Test, Test
The final key step is ensuring whatever DR strategy you have created actually works. Testing of DR plans is vital to ensure the strategy will work.
How to Put This All Together?
As simple and obvious as the above points may be, the reality is that there is a lot to consider when it comes to implementing disaster recovery. At Wem Technology, for many years being a managed services provider in London, we pride ourselves on providing the skills and experience to assist with DR strategy. Reach out to us for more information.