Free Online Backup Disaster Recovery Plan Template
Full Service Online Backup Service Providers can offer their customers far more than just simple backup and restore. They can offer services like on-site full backups, bulk restores via USB drives, proactive monitoring, full system management, hot-site and cold-site services, and Disaster Recovery planning – services that those cheap $5/month services simply cannot offer.
This is why full service online backup services can charge more – because they can deliver so much more – and why they are not in competition with the cheap $5/month services. If you are offering a full service online backup service, do not consider Mozy and Carbonite your competitors, and do not try to compete with them on price. Your segment of the market is much more savvy than theirs, and knows the value of your added services.
If your prospects are telling you, “Yea, but I can get the same thing from Mozy for $5,” then you have not done an adequate job of explaining your services. Work on your pitch so you can very quickly explain the difference between your service and theirs.
Here’s an article I wrote on competing with cheap online backup services. It has a nice chart you can use to help explain the difference between your full services and the $5/month cheap ones:
Here’s something else you won’t get with the $5/month services: a complete Disaster Recovery Plan. But, as a full service provider, you can offer your customers this valuable service based on the FREE Disaster Recovery Plan Template I’m going to offer you now.
My 19-page Disaster Recovery Plan is a template in MS Word .DOC format that you can edit, customize, and use in your own business. The plan includes sections on DR Goals, checklists, contact lists, Preparedness, Recovery, impact analysis, and more.
Get your FREE Disaster Recovery Plan Template here.
Rob Cosgrove is the President of Remote Backup Systems, founder of the Online Backup Industry, and a vocal advocate for maintaining the highest standards in Online Backup software. His latest book, the Online Backup Guide for Service Providers: How to Start and Operate an Online Backup Service, is available online now, on Amazon.com, and at bookstores.
Remote Backup Systems provides brandable, scalable software and solutions to MSPs and VARs enabling them to offer Online Backup Services.