No matter what your company’s IT looks like, you need to have a competent disaster recovery (DR) strategy in place. If your DR plans fail you, you could lose critical data, key clients, or even an industrial accreditation that is vital to the success of your business. Different IT systems and technologies demand different approaches to DR. In the age of cloud, the question of how to build a DR strategy gets even more complicated. The question of what role should a managed IT services provider in Milwaukee play has to be asked.
The simple good news is that a lot of cloud services, especially those enabled by MSPs come with some element of DR built-in. However, you cannot afford just to assume that your business’s protection against the risk of downtime or data loss is already sufficient.
Assess The State Of Your DR
The first step to creating your DR strategy in the age of cloud is to review the current state of your disaster recovery plans. If you have none, well that certainly makes things starkly simple; you had better create one pretty quickly. Knowing where you stand is quite easy.
Whether or not you already have some semblance of DR in place, you need to make sure that it is adequate. That means, you also have to assess the state of your IT. Your existing on-premises and remotely hosted systems need to be documented and analyzed with a view to DR. The needs and activities of all stakeholders, including customers, must be documented. If you’re looking to move partly or wholly to cloud computing, consult a managed IT services provider in Milwaukee.
Migrating DR To The Cloud
Now that you have carried out an effective assessment of your existing DR plans, you need to look at how some or all of this can be handled via the cloud. The Cloud is an excellent option when it comes to providing offsite data backups. The relatively slow speed of downloading those backups and any data security implications need to be considered.
Cloud platforms can provide an excellent way to insulate your systems against geographical problems with the internet. They can also be used to spread the load, whether regionally or temporally, against any volatile activity or some kind of security threat, such as a DDOS (distributed denial of service). This kind of attack would be aimed at blocking systems access.
Assess Your Cloud Options
The cloud offers a huge range and wealth of powerful resources for businesses. Figuring out your options and how to empower your business using those options can be quite challenging. In addition to reviewing the state of your existing DR and your existing systems, you’ll need to survey the cloud computing landscape. You may well discover services that can help your company leapfrog the competition.
It’s definitely a big challenge to ensure your disaster recovery is up to the job. Thankfully, a managed IT services provider in Milwaukee can help you with that challenge. Contact us at Technology Resource Advisors, Inc., we have some of the answers already for you.