IT asset management benefitsDoing business in today’s competitive landscape means keeping your infrastructure up and running in top shape. With the data center being such an integral part of business, what would you do if the unthinkable happened and jeopardized your critical data? Preparing for the unpredictable, whether it’s natural or manmade disasters - can be the difference between costly data loss and maintaining your IT infrastructure. So how do you prepare your storage and networking hardware to prevent data loss? Follow these tips and strategies to increase disaster recovery preparedness.

Conduct an assessment to identify risks

Performing an audit is the first step to creating a DR plan. You must first identify any risks that could make you vulnerable in the event of a disaster. A good place to start would be reviewing configurations, identifying equipment that needs to be replaced, and taking a look at support needs that could be getting overlooked.

Develop a backup hardware purchasing plan

After you have identified the gaps you have within your data center, you can begin to make a procurement plan to purchase the hardware needed in the event of a disaster. This is a good time to take a look at current and past-generation hardware.

Consider secondary market hardware

While looking at hardware, it is important to remember budget and other business constraints. This is a good time to explore the secondary market to fulfill your DR needs without obliterating your current IT budget. Previous generation backup systems, switches, routers etc. on the secondary market can save you anywhere from 30%-70% off the latest models. Opting for certified pre-owned, or secondary market, hardware can minimize budget and business disruption.

Assess alternative support options for all server, storage, and networking hardware

Now is also a good time to review maintenance and support for mission-critical and secondary gear. You can tailor your hardware to match the support level agreement you need. And if you’re opting for previous generation hardware as suggested before, third party support can be another point of cost-savings. Many third party support vendors also offer various SLAs to help you customize your DR support solution, whether it be for your main production site or a remote office. Choose from options like on-site spares and 4-hour on-site response times.

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These are just a few tips and strategies to implement in order to increase disaster recovery preparedness within your IT infrastructure. To get started on purchasing and supporting hardware for your DR strategy, reach out to one of our dedicated storage and networking specialists, or start a chat by using the button at the bottom of the page.