If this above fact doesn’t shock you, it should. Service interruptions can be devastating to businesses and their customers, putting IT professionals under tremendous pressure to ensure that operations do not suffer, regardless of the risk.
Service outage is not a new buzzword for organizations. But despite good awareness on the business continuity front, more than 30% of the organizations do not have a formally documented disaster recovery plan to help them in the event of critical outage. Little do they realize, that, IT downtime can cost them $5,600 each minute, as per Gartner.
It is critical to realize that, not having a disaster recovery plan can seriously limit your chances of ever reopening after an outage. A well-thought-out disaster recovery solution enables successful failover after a failure and ensures that business operations are up and running in minimum time. In fact, planning for recovery is needed at every layer of the data center – server, storage, network, firewall, database or any other.
Yes, the speed of recovering depends on the requirement of recovering your business-critical systems, for some business it may be seconds or minutes, hours for some, and for others as long as it may take. It takes a lot of understanding and time to create and implement a recovery plan.
A good disaster recovery plan has an alternate site, which is readily available to operate during the entire duration of the disaster. These sites can be classified based on recovery time as – hot, cold, or warm sites.
Also, whenever you’re planning for a disaster recovery and business continuity plan, first you must assess your current disaster recovery strategy to understand the weaknesses and risks, identify critical business systems and processes, which require fast restoration time, and conduct a business impact analysis to understand the impact of downtime. After these exercises, measure the plan against these parameters to ensure you get what you’ve planned:
- Recovery Time Objective (RTO) – the maximum amount of time between the event of failure and the point when operations resume, and
- Recovery Point Objective (RPO) – the maximum length of time a business can afford to operate without a selected amount of data.
And once the plan is implemented, test it periodically to ensure that it works well when you need it.
Today, many organizations are extending their existing infrastructure offsite to the cloud for disaster recovery i.e. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), as it reduces the need for space, dedicated resources, and infrastructure resulting in significant cost savings. And, the companies do not have to worry about the system maintenance, upgrades, and other activities; as all are handled by managed service provider (MSP). There are many vendors offering the cloud services, but the selection depends upon your business needs and the service-level-agreement (SLA) offered by vendors’. Once the requirements are known, the company can go with multiple options available in the cloud such as having both the primary and secondary sites on the cloud or having either of the sites on premise and other in the cloud.
However, still many believe that the chances of disasters occurring are very less; but no one knows when a disaster is going to strike, and strike bad. A service break can mean loss of business, diminished income and can impact operations and customer satisfaction. If your business has not formulated an effective disaster recovery plan yet, it should be on the top of your priority list for this year.
A reliable service partner can help you develop disaster recovery program tailored precisely to your needs. Emitac’s flexible pay-as-you-go Disaster Recovery services can help you ensure your business stays up and running, no matter what disaster hits.
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