If you’re left wondering whether your budget should be spent on disaster recovery or the latest software solution that everybody is raving about, rest assured it’s a common challenge. How can you decide which one will impact your business most positively? Many companies that are thinking of investing in their first disaster recovery solution are attempting to grow, and want to protect their business in the best way possible, however they are torn between the need to invest in growth and the need to secure their business.

Often it helps to consider the 4 possible outcomes and assess the impact of them to your business.

1. You have a disaster recovery solution and need to use it. This happens in the case of 10-20% of our clients every year. It’s great, when the solution delivers as promised it promises a big slap on the back to the decision maker who implemented it and it saves your job (whilst building better relationships with the stakeholders) and the company. Your judgement on having a disaster recovery solution will never wane again and you’ll be a convert.

2. You don’t have a disaster recovery solution and don’t need to use it. Even better. You can say that you saved the company money and spent it on other areas of improving the business. It was a bit nerve-racking but you made it. You are amazing! However your stakeholders may not be so keen on your risky attitude to the business and you should really think, having gotten away with it to date, that you should now count yourself lucky and reduce the risk to your business.

3. You have a disaster recovery solution and haven’t used it. Like 80-90% of our clients, this is a good feeling. OK, you’ve spent some money that hasn’t actually delivered you anything but it may be important to your clients, stakeholders and employees to know that the business is secure. Also, it enables you to sleep at night knowing the risk to your business of your IT system being unavailable is very slim.

4. You don’t have a disaster recovery solution and need it. I don’t think I need to describe how awful this situation is. The financial loss, the reputational loss and the stress caused to employees make this option a highly undesired one. Added to that the fact that if the company survives you may still lose your job, it’s not something you may want to spend too much time thinking about.

If you weigh up this feeling and the impact of the situation then it may help you decide whether you can rest easy if you don’t have a disaster recovery solution. If you’re still unsure then try our IT downtime calculator and calculate for yourself the financial impact of IT downtime to your business. Compare this with the cost of a really good DR solution (around £150 per server per month is a good indication) and you can start to decide based on the facts.

And if you’d like to see what an IT disaster is really like with a good DR plan in place then here’s a good example of a real IT disaster

Finally, if you’d like to chat, here at Plan B we’re happy to lend an ear and some advice so please feel free to get in contact. www.planb.co.uk info@planb.co.uk

By Beth Baxter

Beth is Marketing Manager at Plan B Disaster Recovery. Prior to that she was a Director of an integrated B2B agency and has 12 years of experience in the IT sector, both client and agency side