Vision Solutions, which recently merged with Syncsort, has been in the business of high availability and disaster recovery for more than two decades. The article below about the value of HA/DR managed services originally appeared on their blog.
Attempting to manage all of your HA/DR needs in-house is admirable, but so is understanding the need for specialized help. According to the 2017 State of Resilience Report, Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS/RaaS) revenue is projected to grow dramatically over the next three years as more and more businesses are seeing its value.
How Managed HA/DR Services Add Value
Delegating the routine upkeep of your HA/DR infrastructure to a managed service provider not only frees IT staff for more sophisticated challenges, it actually saves money down the line in maintenance costs and lost productivity due to downtime. But beside the obvious time and money advantages managed services boast, here are four specific benefits your organization will enjoy:
1. The Latest and Greatest
Managed services providers are responsible for updating your environment whenever application or system changes happen. That means you will always be running the best versions of your IT tools. Even a simple software update can be all it takes to get a leg up on the competition.
2. You Will Get the Memo
When a company does nothing but monitor your HA/DR environment, they can provide status and error reports featuring details you never realized were important. You can extract a great deal of value just through a fresh perspective from an objective source.
3. An Apple a Day
Daily, preventative maintenance of your IT environment is a cornerstone of managed services. Even when the inevitable unplanned outage happens, having a managed services infrastructure in place allows you to reduce downtime and continue meeting your high service standards.
4. Freedom to be Selfish
The right partner will put in the effort to understand your specific environment and configure their service in a way that works best for you and your team. You can even choose from a number of packages to ensure you’re not wasting money on services you don’t need.
Of course, this only scratches the surface of what managed services can do for your organization. Vision Solutions offers Managed Services to handle all of the monitoring, optimization, software updates and testing of your Vision HA/DR solutions so that staff can focus on other IT priorities. Download our free 2017 State of Resilience report to review the latest trends in HA/DR planning.