Our Senior Sales & Marketing Manager Sven Parris talks about expanding the typical scope of Disaster Recovery as a Service:
We were successful in a category that included very accomplished providers of typical DRaaS services and I’m really happy that the judges went beyond the traditional scope of DRaaS with the award this year.
Of course, ours is not the cloud-based systems and data recovery service you would normally think of as DRaaS, it’s very much a practical solution to the most basic human (and commercial) need.
You might have seen the news recently regarding increased pressure on water companies to deliver a swift, visible, large scale response to significant household water supply interruptions. Have you ever thought about the potential impact on businesses of such an interruption to the water supply?
These supply interruptions are the disasters from which our services help clients recover.
We often take continuity of water supply for granted in the UK, in fact research suggests that two thirds of businesses have no plan in place to deal with water quality or supply issues.
I should think that most business continuity consultants wouldn’t routinely raise water as a potential issue with their clients, and I doubt that many of us have sat in a business continuity audit where we’ve been asked “Have you thought about your water supply?”
I’m pleased to say we’re changing this though, through partnerships, collaborations, and a range of solutions to drive change, improve resilience and create robust standards in every area of business.
I believe that our commitment and vision to raise the profile of water as a critical business continuity theme and fundamental welfare need were the key factors that enabled the CIR judges to confidently present the DRaaS award to Water Direct.
I’m hopeful that this will help expand the generally accepted scope of disaster recovery services, raise the profile of contingency planning for water alongside power and IT and stimulate increased conversation around the subject.
A big thanks again to the CIR judges for your faith in our vision, and well done to the Water Direct team for your continued hard work!