Research from Spiceworks highlights that 45% of companies are working with stagnant budgets in 2015; and without a rise in resource which means that they’ll have to work harder to make those budgets and resources meet the demands of the business.

Add to that the fact that 65% of companies have over one installation of Windows 2003 server and therefore need to migrate off before the 14 July 2015, it’s unsurprising that 68% of purchasing spend is going towards replacing end of life equipment.

We are clearly still living in a society where we like to get value for money, demonstrated by the age of our PC’s . The majority of PC’s on the market are between 4 and 6 years old, which brings the challenge of reliability to the desks of IT departments. The second biggest cause of IT downtime is hardware failure (after human error), so perhaps the best way for IT departments to approach 2015 is to focus on improving the reliability of their disaster recovery solutions to give them peace of mind, because the likelihood of IT downtime is set to increase with the age of hardware.

IT availability and continuity strategies should therefore be reviewed, and improved confidence in the reliability of these strategies should be sought. But how can this be done?

  1. Review your current strategies. It sounds obvious but the first step is to look at the recovery time and recovery point objectives of each server within your estate and ensure they meet your business demands. They may need updating in line with changes in your business – growth, operational changes or strategically changes within the business can all impact the criticality of the service.
  2. Test your disaster recovery solution. THE most important element in building trust in the reliability of your disaster recovery solution is to test it regularly. The more aged your estate, the stronger the need for a disaster recovery solution that will work, reliably. And the only way to improve reliability is to test your full end to end recovery process more often. You will inevitably encounter errors when you test your disaster recovery solution – most commonly caused by changes to your live system, or by other factors such as snapshotting/replications not working. The more regularly you pick up on these errors and iron them out, the less you will encounter when you come to a real recovery situation and the more reliable your recoveries will become.
  3. Assess new technologies the market place. Modern technologies enable more reliable recoveries at a lower cost, which means IT budgets can go further whilst improving IT availability. Look for automation, and cloud technologies to meet budgetary and reliability demands. Virtual recovery solutions mean that you don’t need to budget for expensive hardware outlays, and more manageable monthly subscriptions are available that fit more easily into your budget.

How can Plan B help?

If you’re looking for peace of mind that your IT estate will enable business continuity, then you need 100% reliability from your disaster recovery solution. The only way to achieve this is to recover your IT systems and test they workprior to an IT disaster (called pre-recovery). Only by taking a proactive approach can your IT systems be guaranteed and certified to work when you need them. Plan B is the only company to offer pre-recovery, which means we are the only company that can fully guarantee your IT recovery will work with 100% certainty.

Our service gives complete peace of mind and utilising automation we can offer this level of certainty at a cost comparable to traditional disaster recovery methods. If you’re looking to make your budget work harder for you then explore Plan B’s disaster recovery services.