Every health provider has their own level of tolerance for recovery time. Some will profit from making periodic backups of their servers on the cloud. Others need continuous coverage.
The coverage plan you want depends upon the cost of losing IT functionality.
For some businesses, the choice is easy. We have a client in manufacturing, and it costs them hundreds of thousands of dollars per hour of inoperability. They can never afford to lose Internet access, so they have three Internet Service Providers: one T1, one cable, and one fiber.
They also have their own power generator and multiple phone line carriers to ensure continuous communication. If anything threatens to interrupt their service, then the director of IT is immediately on the phone with us. He has a high level of urgency because he knows how much money his company stands to lose.
So what does it cost you for your IT operations to go down? The value gives you a sense of how much IT recovery is worth. Then, you can choose the plan that makes the most sense.
You pay to reduce recovery time, incrementally. When the cost of downtime becomes large enough, your company should purchase a continuous data-protection plan. The main feature of continuous protection is simple: no matter what occurs, you know your data services will continue to function.
Continuous data-protection captures every change on your network, both on-premise and in the cloud. An image of the network is stored off-site and updated continuously. If you have a file that was accidentally deleted, it can be recovered instantaneously. That happens on both a file level and on an imaging level.
Every business needs to ask itself, what is the cost and value of creating a continuous business model, and does the cost justify that value?
Category: Atlanta IT Service Articles, Date: 6th December 2012, Author: Chris Chao