High availability is a great investment when developed, deployed and managed properly. However, limitations in your company’s IT resources can result in deficiencies in high availability system design and function that can lead to system vulnerabilities and costly business downtime.
In-house high availability gives business owners maximum control but also comes with the responsibility of having to ensure reliable high-availability expertise in order to avoid the risks associated with a poorly developed or managed solution. Managed high-availability services provide a practical alternative for businesses of many sizes that want high-availability benefits but don’t have the time, staff or budget resources to properly develop in-house solutions.
High-availability managed services deliver the staff expertise needed without the financial obligation that comes with hiring, training and compensating full-time high-availability experts. Most high-availability managed services are customized and can be tailored to fit any IT budget. More important, they can deliver other advantages, such as 24/7/365 monitoring of your high-availability solution. With high-availability managed services, business owners can be assured a reliable solution that guarantees business continuity and rapid recovery in the event of downtime or a disaster.
Regardless of whether you choose to develop high-availably services in-house or use a managed service provider, it is important that you plan for adequate IT resources to support such a complex, critical business continuity solution – or risk potentially catastrophic business consequences.