Disaster Recovery: How does that work with Device as a Service?

21st January 2020
Disaster Recovery Plan on a knob with Stop/Start above

When disaster strikes, it’s hugely important for businesses to get back up and running as quickly as possible. If employees can’t access the files that they need, conduct normal business or process sales, businesses can become vulnerable and, in some cases, not come out the other side.

Although the risk is there, few businesses have a formal plan in place to help them recover in case of a disaster. Whether yours is a small business or a large corporate organisation, a disaster recovery plan should be in place, and that’s not just for natural disasters. A disaster can also be caused by simple human error, a breach in security or a hardware/software crash.

What should be included in a disaster recovery plan?

There are certain things that are crucial for an effective disaster recovery plan, including:

Outline of Priorities

Businesses need to know which of the applications and data they use is the most important and must be accessible at all times. These parts of the business that are crucial need to be outlined as if a major disaster were to happen, it can sometimes take days to gain full access again.

Keep an Inventory

Every business should have a thorough inventory of all hardware and software applications it uses, as well as contact information for technical support for each item. You should also have protection in place for physical assets in case of damage, such as flooding. 

Data Backup

It’s crucial for businesses to backup data to an off-site location or virtual cloud.

Role Responsibility

In the event of a disaster, every business should have a clear plan in place with role assignments, so everyone knows who is responsible for each aspect of the recovery.

Remote Working

Businesses need to consider a remote working strategy and how they are able to communicate with employees in the event of a disaster.

How does Disaster Recovery work with Device as a Service?

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is becoming increasingly popular, including data replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third-party provider. This in turn frees up IT teams and allows businesses to focus more on their own projects, whilst knowing that their devices and data are protected. DRaaS can also provide cost-effective options, enabling businesses to pay less for a slower recovery of applications and data that is less critical.

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Here at HardSoft, we offer Devices for Teams to allow your business to always have the latest Apple and PC devices. Our unique and flexible DaaS (Device as a Service) subscription can be tailored to your needs in order to provide you with multiple devices and full support for a single monthly fee.

Providing a 360 support wrapper as well as a three-year inclusive support package, our support helpdesk will be on hand to help with any IT issues you may have. We also offer a full imaging service, based on role types and IT requirements.

Ideal for businesses with between 50 – 400 people and devices, our DaaS model allows for additions, renewals and device returns. By only paying for what you use, you can have the latest tech when you need it, helping your business to grow and maintain the highest levels of service for your staff, projects and customers.

If you would like to find out more about our DaaS service and Devices for Teams, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Email sophie.m@hardsoft.co.uk, call 020 7111 1643 or use the webchat option on our website.

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