Another major natural disaster hits the headlines. The newscasters falling over themselves in their haste to report on the massive Nor’easter earlier this week – each reporter vying for a live account from the worst-hit location they could find – one of these days the wind will take one of them away with it….along with the ubiquitous microphone.
Judging from our previous experience with natural disaster situations, the blizzard likely invoked some degree of panic by those organizations hit by the sudden realization that should the power go out, their business would suffer an outage – along with all the negative repercussions (loss of customer goodwill, revenue, time etc.) that go with that. With storms like that, there’s no knowing how long an outage will last. Unfortunately it’s not at all unusual for businesses to find themselves in this kind of situation because NOT planning for a disaster still seems to be the norm rather than the exception. In The Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council’s July 2014 Annual Report on The State of Global Disaster Recovery Preparedness, it stated “The bad news: 3 in 4 companies at risk, failing to prepare for Disaster Recovery.”
Many businesses feel they ARE prepared but typically it’s not in a way that enables ‘business as usual’. Although they may back up their data and workloads in some fashion – to tape or to a secondary data center down the road – easily accessing that data by employees to keep the organization going and meet customer needs can be difficult at best and impossible at worst. If employees and customers cannot access your organization during or immediately following a disaster, your business isn’t conducting business.
The Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council’s report analyzed the cost of outages to business. The hardest hit organizations are typically those that rely on an “always on” online presence which requires 100% uptime. In the study, more than half had lost critical applications for hours or days. Some experts have estimated the cost of losing critical applications at more than $5,000 per minute. The respondents in this survey reported losses ranging from a few thousand dollars to millions of dollars.
Cloud has made disaster recovery easier, more flexible and more cost-effective for all sizes of business ranging from SMBs to enterprise. Whether a disaster takes the form of the recent Nor’easter or the more mundane situation of a system outage caused by a piece of hardware gone rogue, organizations with cloud-based disaster recovery in place have the means to continue business as usual.
Planning is Key
DR-as-a-Service (DRaaS), like any other type of DR, requires planning. Determine what you need to protect – networks, systems, applications – and define Recovery Point Objectives and Recovery Time Objectives for those that are mission critical.
iland can help you - from the planning stage right through to implementation, testing and expanding your DRaaS as your business grows. In under a week, our DR Planning and Assessment Service will evaluate your technical requirements, processes and procedures as well as your risk tolerance in order to develop a DR plan that fits your needs.
If you have legacy and physical applications that need protecting, don’t worry - we can support both as part of your DRaaS plan. To ensure you can recovery rapidly from a disaster, the network must be able to handle the traffic. iland provides carrier-neutral facilities and a range of configuration options, including colocation of equipment, to ensure your users experience a seamless transition. And don’t forget testing – one of the most important pieces of your DR plan. iland enables you to test as often as you like, whenever you like, so you can be sure your DR plan will work during a real disaster event.
Don’t wait for a disaster to happen before you start to plan for it. For over 9 years we’ve partnered with customers to develop cloud-based DR plans to ensure they are protected. Contact us to find out how we can do the same for you.