We are rapidly approaching the end of 2016. With it will come a million blogs prognosticating 2017 trends, setting priorities and suggesting resolutions. We are also rapidly approaching, for many, the 2017 budget cycle, the most coveted gala event of the IT year.
This won’t be a blog about new promises, new plans or new resolutions. This will be a blog about an old one: DRaaS.
Every year, business continuity gets cut from the budget. We’re not, as a species, terribly good at assessing risks – among them, the risk of IT system failure. It’s one of our weaknesses. And, we may or may not be great at batting away objections. But, a little preparation can help.
Five major objections dominate the disaster recovery budget discussion:
- It’s going to cost a fortune. It’s not. Truly. It’s billed by VM or by TB of storage. The costs are remarkably low – if you stop anchoring on “second data center in other_state.” Ask the friendly 11:11 person in the chat-bot that just popped up on the screen.
- But I have backup down the hall. Sure you do. But, if the whole building goes dark, so do your backups. Also, most IT folks will tell you it takes hours – if not days – to restore from a backup.
- We don’t get weather! How lovely! But, most business outages happen due to power failures, upgrade problems, user errors or malicious attacks – not hurricanes.
- We don’t have outages. Uh… have you perhaps been very – scrupulous – with the information you give to the higher-ups?
- We can handle a little downtime. Perhaps. Most companies these days recognize that lost revenue and poor customer and employee sentiment are not to be trifled with.
Recently we did a whole webinar on this topic, Keeping Disaster Recovery in the Budget: Overcoming Objections & Making the Case. Watch the webinar OnDemand now – Dante Orsini and I had some fun with this topic. And, look into the options: 11:11 DRaaS with Zerto and 11:11 DRaaS with Veeam.
Our DRaaS experts can quickly help assess what you need, price a solution, and demonstrate the magic, so you, in turn, are well prepared to get this longstanding to-do item DONE.