By Cheryl Knight, contributing writer
Evolve IP, a cloud services company, released “The 2015 Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Survey.” Of those responding to the company’s survey, 50.5 percent believe their company is “somewhat” prepared for a recovery, and 4 percent are not prepared at all. Only 45.5 percent of respondents believe they have the proper disaster recovery plan in place and are very prepared for recovery.
Roughly 64 percent of survey takers stated that their company requires a disaster recovery plan to meet compliance within their company. The survey results further found that companies that must meet compliance fare better in a disaster recovery effort than those who do not.
The survey was given to more than 2,000 executive and IT professionals and examined disaster preparedness at North American companies. The survey looked specifically the organizations’ experiences with disaster recovery situations, what companies are doing to prepare for disasters, the disaster recovery budget at companies, and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS).
Just Part Of The Picture
According to a BSM article “Making The Case For Managed Services” by Jay McCall, you should bundle any backup and disaster recovery sale with managed services. McCall writes, “After all, when something goes wrong — and eventually it will — fingers will point toward the VAR or MSP.”
McCall quotes Jacob Hiller, owner of INTELITECHS, who helped a new client that not managing data backups and experienced major data loss. “The overall initial cost of the implementation was $6,000 plus a few hundred dollars a month for our remote monitoring services, which is a small fraction of the financial loss they experienced with their previous system failure.” The second recommendation was to put a second backup of their data in the cloud, so that even in the event of a natural disaster, their data would be safe. “After already experiencing a worst-case scenario once, my guess is that they’re going to do everything they can to avoid a repeat,” says Hiller.