Nymad and Alternative Networks will be running an event that will help address these and other issues associated with DR. For more details and to register – The Tower
Welcome to part five of my blog series. So far we’ve looked at how to define a strategy, how quickly a fit for purpose service can turn into a silo, the difference between public and private clouds, the benefits of insource versus outsource, and finally how to implement your chosen strategy. In our final blog we consider the importance of change and how to maintain the success of the service.
Living with your Service
The purpose of this journey is to reach a business-aligned, fully budgeted and fit for purpose DRaaS with a trusted third party. You’ve defined SLAs and an attractive commercial proposition; you’ve tested your plans and all is well. What could possibly go wrong? As every good IT service management guru will tell you, your ability to embrace change is your most critical success factor, so change needs to be a considered part of your DRaaS strategy and your monitoring systems should, by default, manage and monitor your DR service, including:
Your change management process should include an analysis of impact on your DR Service. This includes agile development that may be introduced at short notice or without a formal approvals process (nearly always a bad idea, but even worse if your ability to recover is compromised).
Any major change should initiate a test of your DR solutions, should it fail then clearly the business will have issues. So this last step in your DR strategy is actually the same as the first step. A successful DR strategy should be recursive not static. So the old statement “Not just for Christmas” is as true for DR as a Service as with anything else.
Technology, cloud services and costs have all converged to make DRaaS not just possible, but a fundamental component of your IT strategy. So identify and take advantage of flexible SLAs to ensure that each application has the requisite recovery point objectives, ensuring the smooth running of your business in the event of a disaster.
Please join us at the Tower of London on the 26th February to talk through how the points raised in this blog series can be applied to your business Click Here
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