Why Your Business Should Consider Disaster Recovery as a Service
All companies have a variety of assets they need to protect. Some of these assets are more modern, like digital software and files stored on hard disk drives.
But these modernizations also pose some risks. That’s because malicious attacks in forms of malware, denial of service attempts, and other virtual threats are commonplace. When these attacks are successful, they damage company property, corrupt files, and can cause thousands in damage.
If this scenario sounds unpleasant, unfortunately, it’s all too common around the world. Many small and mid-sized businesses are upended by cybersecurity attacks, natural disasters, or good old fashioned human error. Without proper backup and a recovery plan, these catastrophes become almost impossible to recover from.
But that’s avoidable when utilizing backup and disaster recovery services. BDR plans are commonplace in industries that deal with data. In many cases, businesses in these spaces hire third party service providers to protect their information.
If you haven’t considered disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), there are many reasons to do so.
For one, a BDR service will keep your information protected 24/7. Imagine the worst has happened and your company has fallen victim to a ransomware attack. Let’s assume the worst and say all of your hypothetical systems must be reformatted.
In a scenario without BDR, you now have to replace numerous hardware installations, the cost of which can quickly add up to thousands of dollars. Then you must recover the data lost, if that’s even possible. Not to mention you’re losing productivity as everyone who worked with those systems is left twiddling their thumbs while the company tries to get back on track.
Sounds like an expensive, costly headache. However, you can avoid all of that with DRaaS. Your data is protected, and in some cases those machines can be offloaded into virtualized services.
You gain a number of other benefits too. For example, you can preserve your reputation among clients and customers. Nobody likes doing business with a company that can’t keep its data safe, and customers won’t like the idea of handing over information when they know it might get stolen. Therefore, investing in a BDR solution/service maintains your image and builds better relations with current and prospective clients.
BDR also helps certain businesses comply with industry regulations. Not following these regulations incurs penalties and puts you on the wrong side of the law. Data is taken very seriously, and ignoring the potential consequences of not having backups could lead to regulatory issues for your organization if you handle sensitive personal/financial information.
Overall, BDR is just a smart decision. Not having a failsafe means you’re potentially losing out compared to the competition. The moment services go down, whether it’s because of natural disaster or malicious attack, your productivity will come to a halt. Meanwhile, your competitors will get ahead.
There is virtually no reason to not have a BDR service, unless your company is capable of managing its own backups. But if that’s not the case, consider DRaaS today.