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Both man-made and natural disasters can cripple your business if you’re not careful. Having a Managed Disaster Recovery Service isn’t just important – but it can often times be the one thing that stands between staying in business and going under in a crisis situation. That being said, there are some important features to weigh before deciding how much support you’ll need.

This week, we’ll discuss some of the factors to consider before purchasing Disaster Recovery Services. Let’s jump right in!

What it’s not good at

The biggest con about Managed Disaster Recovery is that frankly, it depends on a service provider rather than your own personnel. Instilling that kind of trust is hard, and it can make the decision of who to go with even more important. Also – because individuals from outside your organization are going to be handling your data, the risk of confidential leaks is increased dramatically. Most providers DO take precautions to ensure that won’t happen, but make sure you ask them how they intend to do that. Make sure you do your homework to know that who you’re entrusting with your company’s data is trustworthy and dependable.

What it’s really good at

The biggest strength of Managed Disaster Recovery is that – finally – you won’t have to worry about constantly backing up your files. From here on out – it’s pretty much done for you. The disaster recovery technology is also incredibly flexible, which allows smaller companies to take advantage of the services in many of the same ways that larger companies do. Most base data recovery plans also take downtime into account, so backups are made prior to any systems outage. What that means is that if the sky falls during a planned outage, you’re still safe because it’s already been backed up. Safe to say –that’s a lot of peace of mind!

Location, location

The scale of your protection should be strongly considered when deciding what kind of service you want to deploy. In California, you’re exposed to earthquakes. In the Southeast, Hurricanes can be a thing. In the Midwest, tornadoes occur frequently. Not only are these issues for you to consider for your physical business, but where the location of your provider is located as well. Don’t get carried away in non-stop disaster scenarios, mind you – but these are just risks to consider.