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Surviving a Data Center Disaster Requires More than Luck

Posted On: March 17, 2016

Topic: Multi-Cloud

bigstock-Four-leaf-white-clover-Trifol-153405158.jpgSurviving a Data Center Disaster Requires More than Luck. It Requires Preparation.Mid-March is the time we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, but IT professionals know better than to trust to the luck of the Irish when it comes to disaster recovery. As IT experts know, it’s never a matter of if a data center disaster will strike, but when. So top of mind for most IT managers is how they are going to protect business-critical data and what strategies they need to have in place to restore that data when disaster strikes.

According to IDC, 80 percent of small businesses have experienced some kind of data systems failure in the past, at costs ranging from $82,000 to $526,000, or from $137 to $427 per minute. Data is the lifeblood of most businesses, so when the data stops flowing, business stops.  Of those IT professionals polled, 64 percent say that data loss is literally a life and death situation for small businesses, and 71 percent say they have to achieve data recovery within 24 hours. That’s why 72 percent of businesses are investing in business continuity tools over the next two years, including backup systems.

So if you take the view that a data disaster is not just possible but inevitable, your next step is to determine what types of disaster recovery solutions are best suited to your business needs.

Courting Disaster

There are many causes of data loss, and very few have to do with natural disaster. Most IT professionals (65 percent) feel that technology faults are the leading cause of data disaster, while 60 percent attribute data loss to manmade disasters, and 59 percent attribute security issues. In fact, 65 percent of data disasters are manmade, 29 percent are from technology failures and 22 percent from security breaches.

No matter what the nature of the data loss, there are only limited measures you can take to prevent a disaster. You have to implement safeguards and protocols but with the understanding that things happen, so you need a data recovery strategy as well as data loss prevention protocols.

When planning for disaster recovery, there are two criteria that are most important:

1) having a complete set of business-critical backup data and

2) being able to restore the data quickly.

When it comes to data backup and recovery, most IT professionals consider strategies such as granular file backup and restore, bare metal backup and restore, local failover, hybrid data copies and data encryption, both because they provide complete data sets and can restore data access fast.

One of the primary considerations is whether to store backup data on premise or off premise. Although 91 percent of organizations currently use on premise backup, an increasing number are looking for off-premise options, including storing data at a location they own (44 percent) or at hosted site (29 percent), with a growing trend toward cloud disaster recovery or hybrid data storage.

Cloud Disaster Recovery

More businesses are turning to the cloud for services and data storage. Core business applications such as payroll, email and customer relationship management work well as cloud service solutions, and 80 percent of businesses say they have adopted some form of Software as a Service (SaaS) application.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is an ideal cloud solution for a number of reasons:

  1. In the event of a natural disaster, data is archived safely off-premise in the cloud.
  2. DRaaS has virtually unlimited data storage. Rather than adding more on-site storage, you can add cloud data storage as needed without adding hardware, and storage is elastic and grows with your needs.
  3. Cloud-based data is accessible any time from any location.
  4. DRaaS is much more cost-effective, since it you buy only the storage space you need, without having to invest in more hardware, staff or storage management tools
  5. DRaaS is also highly secure. Data can be encrypted and protected using two-tier authentication and other strategies. It also eliminates the need for physical data security, such as locking the backup disks in a fireproof vault.

Cloud-based data storage also gives you more flexibility so you can adapt your disaster recovery plan to suit your business’ unique requirements. There are any number of factors that can affect the scope of a disaster recovery solution, such as business hours, e-commerce demands, data criticality and regulatory requirements. Most businesses say they need to have business-critical data restored within four hours. Cloud disaster recovery gives you the flexibility to prioritize data access and restore your most critical data assets first.

OneNeck’s Managed Services team are experts at disaster recovery and DRaaS. We can work with you to develop a customized Disaster Recovery Plan based in your business’ unique requirements. We also can offer various types of services to meet your needs, including DRaaS, colocation with managed services, private cloud services and more. And OneNeck’s mission-critical data center facilities are available so you can create your own custom disaster recovery site.

So don’t leave disaster recovery to chance. St. Patrick may have been able to drive the snakes out of Ireland, but you can’t drive all the gremlins out of your enterprise infrastructure. Disasters will happen, and the right disaster recovery partner can make it easier to always be prepared for the worst.