The Practical Method for Justifying DRaaS
Involve IT was able to help our customer’s IT department in developing and presenting a risk assessment and ROI for a Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution. Involve IT was able to minimize and operationalize the costs.
Involve IT’s customer decided to develop and implement a Disaster Recovery Plan in order to protect the company data and provide business continuity services. At the time, the customer never had a disaster recovery plan and felt exposed with their lack of ability to recover from minor to major disaster scenarios.
Utilizing Involve IT’s team of experts, the IT leadership spearheaded a project to pull the major business stakeholders together and begin the planning process. Involve IT led the effort with business-related deep dive questions to determine the loss of revenue in the event of a disaster. Internally the company had never performed an exercise like this. It was determined the product within manufacturing could not be produced in any capacity, however, the product could be shipped but at less than one-quarter of normal capacity.
In addition to manufacturing and shipping downtime, it was determined that a single day of outage would cause a half-day of catchup work to return to normal operations. Involve IT, with the help of the customer’s internal IT and the CFO determined that a single day of an outage caused about $200,000 in lost revenue.
With this realization, the customer’s internal IT determined that a total loss disaster event would take over two weeks to recover partially but operationally. At a loss to the company of over $3 million dollars, the decision was made to move forward with a Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution. For a minimal upfront investment and less than the cost of 1 day of outage per year, Involve IT was able to quickly get the service set up for the company with implementation and a recovery test within a few weeks.