Keeping a business operational when you’re in the midst of a data crisis should be an integral part of your data management plan. Continuity plans are critical for companies of all sizes—and are especially necessary if your physical location is susceptible to natural storms. Outsourcing certain tasks, like disaster recovery (DR), is no longer a burden on your budget because you can take advantage of the economies of scale. What’s the trick to DR success? Incorporate sound disaster recovery protocols before you need them.
By choosing a robust suite of management services, you can save yourself a lot of time and stress in the event of an emergency, be it due to inclement weather or a cyberattack. OnRamp’s services, for example, provide comprehensive data backup and management. In a data-based economy, preparing for the worst goes beyond getting the lights back on after a natural disaster or failed equipment; the value of a managed service provider (MSP) extends beyond the peace of mind you gain in knowing your data is protected.
Advantage #1: Flexible, Scalable Solutions
Every business has different needs—from protecting sensitive healthcare data to safeguarding financial and credit card data—and all businesses strive for flexible solutions. If you’re trying to maximize your investment in legacy machines, you can still take advantage of data management and data recovery without needing to upgrade equipment. Similarly, you can build a customized portfolio of services tailored to your business’s needs, from keeping legacy equipment at your facility to collocating at an MSP’s facility, to adding virtualized environments. Managed hosting can eliminate the need to invest in server equipment and infrastructure as well as the management and maintenance of those servers.
Advantage # 2: Building Compliance into Managed Services
Private and sensitive data management shouldn’t be left to chance, so industries dealing with sensitive customer data should pay close attention to their MSP’s compliance protocols and take a proactive approach. In many cases, MSPs that specialize in security and compliance can help you prevent breaches from happening, mitigating both a data emergency and a PR nightmare. Investigate your MSP’s record with third-party auditing, certifications, references, and ask questions. For instance, find out how they can help you prepare for an audit and how they can adapt to your future needs.
Advantage #3: Onsite Maintenance
The perfect MSP will be a seamless extension of your in-house IT department, managing your security long after your people have left the office. No matter the scale of your MSP needs, managed services allow you to focus on your business, while they focus on maintaining uptime for your infrastructure. For instance, data center providers offer onsite maintenance through a team of engineers that monitor, maintain, fix, and update everything associated with your network—from the hardware to the software that runs your critical programs, to the facilities in which the hardware resides (power, cooling, bandwidth, etc.).
Advantage #4: Location Flexibility
Mother Nature is always unpredictable, and weather experts agree climate change is not slowing down. A number of industries have already made changes to address threats, and data-dependent businesses should take note. Companies vulnerable to natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding, or earthquakes must separate and backup their data to a secondary site (far away) location for maximum protection and redundancy.
If you suffer damage to your physical business, your data and operations will remain unaffected. In the event of a natural disaster, your data is safe on your provider’s servers, allowing you to focus on more immediate concerns like communicating with your stakeholders.
Advantage #5: As-a-Service Model Takes Out the Guesswork
While anyone can buy the equipment and plan for the disaster, an MSP can implement Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), providing the most streamlined solution for any business that has to keep going through any storm, providing near-zero recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives.
Disaster recovery plans are not the kind of thing you want to make on the knifepoint of necessity—or worse—after it’s too late. Instead, you have the opportunity to find the solutions your business needs without blowing your budget, especially if you take advantage of OnRamp’s free consultation. As data management needs evolve, your MSP should be able to evolve along with your business. Get ahead of the game with a management service that keeps you on the crest of changes with high-quality, compliant data management and a comprehensive disaster recovery plan.
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