The phrase “Disaster Recovery Software” seems to combine an odd mix of industries and concepts. “Disaster” conjures up some pretty vivid images. So does “recovery”. And so does “software”.
All very distinct images.
But put the words together and you have the only place where these three seemingly disparate ideas converge: a solution that protects and backs up your critical IT systems in the case of a natural or man-made crisis.
This crisis does not need to be of biblical proportions. In fact, it can come from just about anywhere at any time and be related to even most mundane functions of your business. The great news is that we live in the 21st century and there are various software solutions to help you protect your IT environment during these times.
Remember what people had to do in the ‘80s? Or, maybe you don’t, but back then they had to literally copy everything by hand or, if they were really technologically advanced, by Xerox machine, then store it in a fire- and water-proof safe.
Nowadays, though, we have advanced software solutions to help you out. You may think your regular backup IT systems and Plan Bs are enough, but they aren’t. Here the 5 main reasons you also need Disaster Recovery Software.
Your IT architecture is the backbone of all your data and systems – lose a part of it and you have pretty much lost all of it. A regular backup plan typically protects only your data and your systems, not the IT environment itself. Disaster Recovery Software replicates your entire computing environment – data, systems, networks and applications – and makes it available when your primary environment is unavailable, thus allowing you to save and protect your critical IT backbone and access it from anywhere at at any time.
One of the luxuries of Disaster Recovery Software versus a regular backup solution is that you can use it to test software upgrades, patches or new use cases. Best-in-class disaster recovery providers can offer you a virtual and private “sandbox” where you can tinker with your system without affecting your live data or recovery environment. The same way professional ski aerialists test their new tricks over water to avoid breaking their neck, organizations should use their Disaster Recovery Software to vet any and all new software they plan to use in their network.
One perhaps lesser known advantage of Disaster Recovery Software is being able to use it to host applications and services during planned maintenance, migration, or training exercises. No more middle-of-the-night “downtime” for your network and “Please excuse the inconvenience” apologies to your entire workforce.
Disaster Recovery Software can reduce your business interruption insurance rate by up to 25 percent. Insurers love safeguards and backups, and especially backups to backups, so any kind of disaster recovery solution is going to put a dent in your business interruption premium and contribute to the bottom of line of your business.
The average consumer/customer now expects the information they need to be available whenever and wherever. This means that if your company is experiencing an infrastructure downtime, these customers could jump to a competitor. Disaster Recovery Software makes your entire IT environment available at all times, thus avoiding interruption attrition.
All companies are susceptible to disaster. The only way to confidently secure your IT environment and keep it both intact and accessible in the face of any kind of disaster is with Disaster Recovery Software.