DR is becoming more important than ever. Risks of malicious attacks, security threats and natural disaster are just some of things potentially impacting your business continuity. And businesses can not afford downtime if they are to remain competitive.
Evolution Systems identified five key trends influencing DR in 2015:
According to Forrester Research, ‘disaster recovery is a leading driver for public cloud use, but mostly by enterprises looking to improve the resiliency of mid-to low-end apps and for smaller companies putting their entire recovery strategy in the cloud. 6. Cloud-to-cloud continuity will get serious with Software-as-a-Service’ (SaaS) (Dr Steven Goldman). Cloud backup has the ability to recover data and application data far more easily than traditional methods.
Social media has the potential to be a prevailing force during a disaster. It has the potential to strongly assist business continuity and responsiveness. Employees can provide updates to consumers, notify public during and after event and communicate between departments. However the lack of social media information policies and procedures can risk incorrect information, data leaks and burden of responders during a disaster. Therefore it is important companies considering the advantages of social media to their DR strategy also develop social media response strategies.
Much like social media the rise of mobile devices is a powerful asset in DR. It allows employees to continue working remotely, ensures collaboration and connectedness in the event of a disaster and minimizes response times. These are all key in ensuring business continuity during a disaster.
Ensuring infrastructure and planning for DR are up-to-date can put extensive resourcing pressures on internal IT departments. There’s data protection, security checks, infrastructure testing, DR planning, connectivity maintenance and enterprise resource management. Consequently managed DR providers have grown in popularity. They offer reduced recovery infrastructure, real-time remote backup and off site replication. Technicians can proactively monitor the environment, which also reduces resourcing costs and lowers potential downtime. In these ways having your Disaster Recovery maintanined and updated by a managed services provider ensures quick implementation, lower cost of ownership and scalability.
Virtualising servers has a number of key advantages. Firstly it reduces hardware maintainence costs by lowering physical infrastructure. Secondly, by consolidating the number of servers businesses can reduce energy usage and enterprise’s carbon footprint without compromising flexibility. Virtualisation also provides faster server provisioning and increased uptime. Marshall (2011) explains that, ‘the ability to quickly and easily move a virtual machine from one server to another is perhaps one of the greatest single benefits of virtualization with far-reaching uses.’ Virtualisation makes DR deployment easier and faster. When combined with remote critical data backup copy it has the ability to reduce RTO and RPO times. Utilising cloud backup with server virtualisation is an ideal solution for SMBs as it provides enterprise-level data management with a low TCO.