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The old saying used to go “time is money,” and although time is still going to be a valuable commodity in 2019, “data is money” is what business leaders should be saying today.

Accessing your data when something goes wrong is critical in the digital business age, and knowing what to look for in a cloud disaster recovery program provider can be the difference between getting your organization back up onto its feet or failing due to disaster. And it’s not an idle threat — on average, 40% of businesses fail to re-open after a disaster, which means expecting the unexpected could be what saves your organization.

Here are a few of the key elements you should look for in the search for a cloud disaster recovery program provider to ensure the protection and continuity of your organization that will weather any storm.

The Right Tools for You

Like many IT and business solutions, finding a cloud disaster recovery program provider isn’t necessarily a one-size-fits-all solution. Depending on the size and needs of your business, you could end up paying too much for an overload of services you don’t need, or too little and end up not having your data secure when you need it.

It’s critical that when you choose your provider, you ask the same questions you’d ask any other cloud service provider about their systems — is the data secure? How do they handle the data? What is an expected downtime during an incident? And is this going to be a cost-effective solution for my business?

Additionally, working with a provider who may have experience in your particular field and knows any potential legal or compliance issues that could arise from any kind of data breaches or major downtime can go a long way in ensuring your disaster recovery program is compliant as well as effective.

Top-Tier Support

Considering that the reason you want a data recovery program in place is to access data after a disaster, it’s critical that you find a provider with excellent support to get your organization back up and running as soon as possible.

Although many cloud disaster recovery services may be automated to a point, it’s still good to know a service provider is ready to help you at a moment’s notice – because when things can go wrong, they will go wrong – and being unable to access your data could end up being a bigger disaster than what knocked you down to begin with.

The Right Provider for Your Organization

Although there is no one-size-fits-all solution, there is one good way to choose a cloud disaster recovery program provider — to work with a trusted local IT partner.

At NENS we have been working with our clients to backup and protect their data since cloud solutions were first deployed. Our team of expert IT professionals can help you prepare your data for any man-made or natural disaster that may befall your organization, and as a local partner, you can rest assured we’re taking pride in the local businesses we serve. Contact us to learn about creating a cloud disaster recovery plan.

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