Every organization needs to ensure it’s protected from downtime. Here are five easy common traps to avoid as you implement your disaster recovery and business continuity plans.

1. Focusing on data only, not applications.

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What good is it to have the data if you can’t turn on the servers or applications required to access and use it? When looking at protecting your data, take into consideration the systems and infrastructure required for people to access and use it.

2. Looking at different solutions for physical and virtual environments.

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Why implement different solutions when you can have one vendor handle all your data protection needs? Deploying different products from different vendors adds costs and complexity that you’ll have to manage.

3. Ignoring ease of use.

Going for something that “just needs to work” is the wrong approach for IT resiliency. When you have to act quickly to recover files, applications, or entire networks you don’t want to mess around with an overly complicated solution or a product that requires extensive training and professional services.

4. Thinking that doing it yourself will save you money.

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Even if you feel like you can just code it or do it yourself by using “best of breed” technology and integrations, studies show that companies that typically approach data protection and recovery with a DIY mentality end up spending more money and not being able to achieve their recovery time objectives.

5. Not taking full advantage of the cloud for Disaster Recovery.

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If you are only using the cloud for data backup or storage, you are ignoring a key component of what could be a life saver for your business. Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service solutions that truly leverage the cloud to allow server failover, sandboxed DR testing, and more can significantly reduce your IT operating expenses, give you faster recovery times, and improve your company’s resiliency.

Daniel Kuperman