It may seem like it’s one of those expenses that you can skimp on, but the reality is that disaster recovery services can make or break your business in case of an emergency. Anything from an earthquake or tsunami to theft are just a couple of ways in which disaster recovery services can come in handy for your San Diego business. Many times, though, they come in handy when basic human error results in the accidental deletion of a file or important piece of software. Below are three of the biggest ways to cut costs on disaster recovery services from our experience in the field:
Often, companies will try to sell you on elaborate data packages that let you store far more than you actually need. In many cases, we see that businesses end up needing far less than they’ve purchased in allotments of data storage. Be realistic about what you think you need so that you don’t end up over spending on these services. For example, you may think you need to purchase hundreds of GB of data in storage, but if your business does not handle more than a few hundred files at a time or if it does not need to store files for more than a year, there is often no reason for expansive storage options.
More often than not, disaster recovery services involve recovering files that were being worked on when something happens—whether it be a computer crash or a sudden power outage. Gone are the days where you have to worry that a document you’ve spent all day working on is gone in an instant when your computer crashes or the power goes out suddenly. There are tons of free services online that save what you’re working on automatically to a cloud service that can be accessed from any device.
Things like Google Docs, for example, will save you tons of stress if you ever need to access a document from multiple devices with ease—or in case one computer fails. The storage options for services like these are often large enough that you don’t need to purchase more, but even then the options are fairly cheap.
In case of an emergency, having clear instructions written out and printed on a physical document or stored on a cloud can help you or your employees get things back up and running in little to no time. If, let’s say, your employees need to be able to set your IT back up in a short amount of time, having a carefully laid out plan can save hours of paid work and get things working. Even if the emergency is as simple as having to reset the Wifi router, having the instructions laid out clearly will keep things working efficiently.