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Can you depend on your disaster recovery strategy?

Every great company has had to roll the dice at some point in order to reach the next level of success. Whether decision-makers invest in a controversial new technology or take their company public in a difficult economy, there really is no such thing as reward without a bit of risk. Of course, every business choice must be weighed carefully in this competitive digital environment, and IT decisions are subject to much scrutiny in the board room as a result.

If you are trying to convince your associates that a disaster recovery solution is the best decision for the company, you must be confident that the suggested strategy will be comprehensive and dependable when employees and customers need resources most.

Lock down a vendor that knows the lay of the land
Since disaster recovery plans can be tedious to create and maintain for internal IT staff, it is crucial that you partner with a service provider that can deliver a reliable solution to your businesses backup and continuity needs. Presenting your thoughts to an executive team can be a daunting task, and the support of an experienced vendor can make the process less of an ordeal.

Continuity Central recently pointed to the importance of having a team of experts on your side when beginning a disaster recovery planning journey, as no two companies are alike. A tailored solution is necessary for a complete approach.

“In a world of ever increasing dependence on third party vendors, you need to know if you can count on the other party when a crisis strikes,” said Phil Samson, principal in PwC’s Risk Assurance practice and business continuity management services leader, told the source. “It’s all about transparency – asking the right questions and pushing the right levers to determine whether your vendors will be able to weather a serious business interruption and quickly resume business as usual.”

Team up to create a disaster recovery blueprint
The IT landscape is no longer defined by in-house operations and isolated teams working toward their own goals – businesses must now reach out and deploy a range of third party services in order to gain a competitive edge. Nevertheless, you should always proceed with caution when leveraging any new tech solution, thoroughly evaluating your own company’s needs and what vendors can truly bring to the table.

Continuity Central recommended that while you should trust your disaster recovery provider 100 percent, you must never breeze through the screening process when determining the best fit.

“The more you know about your own needs, your vendor’s capabilities, and the robustness of your resiliency plans, the more comfort you’ll have about staying on track toward your long-term strategic and operational goals even when faced with adverse developments,” Samson said, according to the source.

Don’t lay the responsibilities of disaster recovery on your own IT squad when there are specialists devoted solely to continuity and backup. Focus on growing your company while the experts weave the safety net you need to stay on top in today’s business world.

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