The importance of having an IT Disaster Recovery strategy in place is undeniable. Whether you are a sole trader who communicates with clients via email or running a business-critical LAN/WAN with thousands of users, system failure can result in loss of crucial data, time, morale, and, in some cases, clients. Nevertheless, many people persist in failing to recognise the importance of an effective IT Disaster Recovery Strategy, or recognise that it is important but don't invest enough time or thought into it until it is too late.
In one sense, it is easier to implement a workable Disaster Recovery strategy if you run a larger business since global businesses often have multiple independent datacentres which replicate frequently. However, there are several reasons to outsource the preplanning and actual disaster recovery to experienced professionals with years of experience in the field of IT disaster recovery.
Time spent by your own in-house talent in coming up to date with current best practices, methodologies, and available technologies can result in a significant drain on your business resources before a project can even begin… even then, elements of the strategy are likely to be speculative unless your in-house staff have hands on experience with implementing similar IT disaster recovery strategies.
The possible causes and natures of IT systems failure are too numerous to list, and disaster containment and recovery best practices can be highly complex in nature; if your business has even a moderate level of dependency on its IT infrastructure it is essential that the strategy is developed and, if necessary, executed by trained specialists.