Few executives like to talk about what happens when something really bad happens in IT - it's just too scary.

While some organizations such as banks and heathcare are mandated to have disaster recovery plans, most others put it off until they are forced to recover from a real disaster. Unfortunately, an IT meltdown that was survivable in 2007 may well be fatal in 2011. Our dependency on functioning IT and Internet is so becoming so complete that the curse of the paperless society is swiftly coming to pass. It's great while it's working, but when it isn't, everything stops dead in its tracks.

Leadership wants IT to wave a magic wand, but in tough economic times there often isn't the budget. Today, the most worrying disaster in most executive's minds is not an IT failure, but loss of market share, ballooning receivables and falling revenues. However, a data breach involving protected employee or client information can put you out of business far more quickly.

The best way to avoid disaster is to accept the fact one will inevitably happen. Today it’s not that complex or expensive to engineer a level of redundancy unimaginable just a few years ago. Virtualization, readily available commercial data centers and falling telecommunications costs afford enterprise class protection to even small businesses. Most organizations can create an off-campus mirror site at a local data center relatively easily if they have already embraced server virtualization.

At some point, leadership is likely to ask, "Why not use that data center as our primary IT facilty?" Perhaps in conjunction with a virtual desktop infrastructure. Beyond significant cost savings, there are secondary benefits such as more effective security management and high performance remote access built in. At some point Internet telecommunications costs to the campus become higher than the data center costs and the decision becomes one of simple economics.

IPkey engineers have extensive experience in redundant design, virtualization, data center monitoring and telecommunications. While each client is different, technology and techniques are well established offering benefits to everyone. Contact us today to learn how to avoid the common pitfalls and unneccessary expense with your IT Assurance initiative. Download the IPkey IT Assurance Solutions Guide and learn how your organization can stop worrying about a disaster.