What should a business Look for in a backup disaster recovery (BDR) Solution?
An appropriate BDR solution varies for every business, depending on client base, existing services portfolio, pricing structure and more. Due diligence should be exercised throughout the research and consultation process to find a hardware vendor whose goals align with yours. BDR requirements can vary from one business to the next, but there are certain key features any BDR solution should have:
1. Redundancy and Cloud Support: Look for a BDR vendor that a.) Provides a contingency plan b.) Leverages the cloud for additional layers of security and recoverability c.) Has secondary backup plans in place in the event of a cloud disruption, and d.) Has virtualization capabilities to keep things running when disaster strikes.
2. 24 /7/365 Availability: Disasters aren’t constrained to business hours, and therefore a BDR solution should be available around the clock.
3. Flexible Pricing Model: A BDR solution that can scale as your business grows is ideal for keeping costs down and providing healthy margins. Your clients may have varying needs, and those needs may change over time; this pricing model will allow you to shift to meet those needs.
A fixed BDR cost per device helps control margins and ensures an end user only pays for what they use. A BDR vendor should couple hardware with an unlimited storage offering. This helps control expenses as spikes in service delivery arise. Additionally, a fixed-price model is easier to sell to end clients.
4. Hardware Compatibility: Modern BDR solutions should offer flexibility and compatibility across a number of appliances, so that choice can be extended to end users.
5. Proven Recovery Time Objective: How quickly can data be recovered and systems brought back online? A vendor’s RTO should be measured in minutes, not hours or days.