can be summarized in three words: quick,
simple and affordable.
When selecting an external IT disaster re-
covery partner, it is important to consider: 4Integrity and experience 4Vendor proximity 4End-to-end solution capabilities 4Skill levels 4Resource capabilities 4Technology flexibilities 4Customization 4Data Security
service provider or the organization be in
charge? The leader must be fully trained
to respond to a disaster. Who will make up
the support team? What is the protocol?
What is the optimal recovery time?
Following are facts related to outsourcing
disaster planning: 4The time to prepare an outsourced
disaster recovery plan for deployment
is 30 days or less, including design and
preliminary training of end users. 4Restoration of services is typically
completed in 48 hours or less. 4Because data transfer is accomplished
via the Internet, networking solutions
can be affordable, sometimes totaling
only a few thousand dollars a year. 4Internal tape backup solutions take
longer and may not capture all of the
data needed compared with more
sophisticated out-sourced capabilities.
A HYBRID APPROACH
There’s also a hybrid approach, utilizing a
mix of outsourced resources with an in-
house plan. A popular approach is the i
mplementation of cloud-based backups.
Data necessary for the recovery phases of
the plan is stored at Internet accessible
points. Once a company has re-estab-
lished its connectivity to the Internet, data
can be restored or directly utilized from
the cloud location. This combines the con-
trol of the in-house plan with the accessi-
bility and affordability of outsourcing.
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