Key Criteria for Selecting Business Continuity Solutions

by | Jun 26, 2017

U.S. companies have not had a good track record when it comes to recovering from losses of data or IT services. Data from the National Archives reports that six out of ten companies shut down within six months after a major data loss. Nine out of ten companies have had to file for bankruptcy within a year after losing their processing power for ten days or more. These real-word statistics underscore the need for carefully selecting business continuity solutions.

Prior recovery failures are certainly lamentable. Today’s companies can learn lessons from recovery failures in order to develop a workable business continuity plan. Then they can use this plan to create a vendor vetting checklist that ensures any solutions that they procure will keep their company running despite any catastrophes.

Key Criteria for Selecting Business Continuity Solutions That Work

Risks to data and software could include hardware failures, natural disasters, cyber attacks, and even human errors. No business can totally immunize or even insure themselves against all of these hazards; Business can access the best recovery products. When these are in place, business continuity plans practically write themselves.

Some businesses may have their own unique criteria for evaluating business continuity solutions. At the same time, most companies will want to ask vendors these business continuity questions in order to make sure they can satisfy requirements:

  • How can the solution be tested to make sure it works before a disaster strikes? You certainly don’t want to uncover the flaws in your recover plan after you’ve lost your data.
  • What ensures that the recovery data won’t be lost in the hazard that strikes down the live production systems? During many recent natural disasters, companies also lost their recovery solutions because they kept them onsite.
  • What protects data and systems from human errors? Nobody wants to bet their entire company on missed backups or other predictable mistakes.
  • Is the solution easy to implement after a disaster? After disaster strikes, companies may have to rely upon reduced manpower and certainly can’t depend upon complex, slow procedures.
  • Does the product offer secure storage? Companies need to store sensitive, critical data for recovery, so it’s important to keep those backups safe from prying eyes.

Which Business Continuity Solution Satisfies the Toughest Vendor Vetting Checklist?

We often recommend the Datto SIRIS to our clients. It is a secure, validated, and easy-to-implement solution with a lot of flexibility that satisfies the requirements our clients have on their vendor vetting checklist. These are some highlights to consider:

  • Hybrid-cloud storage: This hybrid product can satisfy both the need to keep backups offsite and governance requirements for security and speed. For instance, companies can rely upon quick local backups, but if these aren’t available, they can still access secure, encrypted cloud storage.
  • Image backups: Siris doesn’t just backup data; it actually stores images of an entire server. This gives companies the option to function just as they were before with a virtual copy of your systems and information. Recoveries won’t be solely dependent on access to specific machines or locations.
  • Backup tests: The product not only tests backups automatically, it even performs a daily mock recovery to make sure it can execute a flawless recovery under the most urgent circumstances.
  • Speed: People can get back to work shortly after a disaster from almost anywhere. This is because Siris offers lightning-fast virtual recovery. There’s no waiting for backup medium to physically delivered from a location either.
  • Security: Cloud and transmitted data benefits from AES-256 encryption, and users have the option to also use encryption and passwords to protect local backups.

Our clients know they can recover within moments and not days or weeks. Simply contact us today to learn what sets us apart from other vendors. We want to learn more about your recovery requirements and give you a chance to learn more about us.

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