Disaster recovery is a costly proposition any way you look at it. But this recent IDC study notes that businesses choosing to handle DR in-house tend to lose more money than the companies that use an outside vendor.
According to IDC, enterprises that didn’t outsource lost an average of $4 million per incident across various business functions, such as sales, marketing, finance and the like. Companies that outsourced DR to third-party providers lost an average of $1.1 million per incident.
Also worth noting is that IDC said that companies who kept their DR in-house did so by spending 32 percent more than those who outsourced. And finally, it seems companies who decided to keep DR in-house because they felt it could be performed using existing staff found their failure rate to be higher than the outsourced services.
Outsourced DR had faster recovery times because trying to perform it created work overloads for existing staff and caused data centers to get out of sync. Outsourced services were faster by a factor of 0.62, according to IDC.