Build vs. Buy, and Partner Selection
Options abound. Gartner breaks DRaaS providers into three groups: evolved traditional DR providers; advanced colocation/hosting providers; and hyperscale cloud providers.
With all of the market options available, Gartner also emphasizes that customers frequently retain accountability for many components, including the BIA and Risk Assessment, Application Dependency Mapping, and Recovery Test Exercises, among others. Analysis of these alternatives must include these “retained” costs.
Exercise and Test
There is no such thing as a “static” IT environment: new applications are introduced, data centers are opened and closed, cloud migrations take place, storage solutions are changed. It is imperative that DR plans are kept current with these changes.
A DR exercise program exists to identify where vulnerabilities exist, under stress, to better prepare for the risk scenarios defined by the business and the risk management unit.
The results of these exercises must be systematically harvested and integrated into the recovery strategy, application recovery designs, application recovery procedures, and other relevant documentation including vendor evaluations.
Let us help you:
- to define your requirements,
- to sort through your options in solution definition and design,
- to execute a process that satisfies all constituencies and meets your cost objectives.