A Guide to Modern IT Disaster Recovery

May 8, 2014
A Guide to Modern IT Disaster Recovery

The preservation of the data center is critical for every modern organisation. Much time and money is spent on solutions to protect it, but what happens when you’re suddenly faced with an unexpected event that is out of your control?

Download our white paper, A Guide to Modern IT Disaster Recovery, to gain in depth insight into the principles of how disaster recovery can significantly benefit your business.

In his book ‘The Black Swan’, Nassim Nicholas Taleb proposes the theory of Black Swan Events – the idea that unexpected events of large magnitude and consequence will always exist and can have devastating effects on individuals and businesses alike. These effects can, however, be offset through careful planning, and can even be exploited for positive outcomes under the right circumstances.

Expect the Unexpected

Downtime and loss of data can mean severe and permanent implications for a business. Consider that:

  • 43% of companies experiencing disasters never reopen and 29% close within two years1.
  • 93% of businesses that lose their data center for 10 days go bankrupt within one year2.
  • 40% of all companies that experience a major disaster will go out of business if they cannot gain access to their data within 24 hours3.

Hazardous ‘Black Swan’ events are a very real threat to businesses, but there are things that can be done to mitigate the risk. The implementation of effective disaster recovery strategies can mean the difference between prosperity and bankruptcy.

Start With an Intelligent and Virtual Foundation

Traditional, manual, disaster recovery solutions have fallen short of the standards that modern business demands. They’ve been too expensive, too complex and have sometimes lacked reliability. Virtualization enables you to improve in all of these areas. Virtualization abstracts the complexity of hardware and software to allow the highest degree of IT standardisation – which enables organisations to deliver more reliability around their recovery planning and automation processes.

A virtualized disaster recovery strategy is able to protect large-scale, mis-sion-critical IT assets more completely via better replication technology. Automation of disaster recovery through virtualization also helps to protect end-users from the complexity of recovery scenarios. It allows them to continue their work without significant disruption and without getting involved in manual disaster recovery processes themselves. In this way, virtualization gives organisations far more confidence in meeting their recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO).

Disaster Recovery Myths and Realities

In our latest white paper, A Guide to Modern IT Disaster Recovery [link to white paper], we dispel a number of myths that surround the subject of dis-aster recovery. For example:

  • Is disaster recovery a luxury feature? Is it expensive and resource consuming?
  • Is managing a disaster recovery solution a complex and resource-intensive task?
  • Can you ever expect a disaster recovery strategy to be successful in the event of a real disaster?
  • Is disaster recovery a sunk cost that may never be used?

It also includes our ten-step process to effective disaster recovery:

1. Virtualize
2. Automate
3. Verify and test
4. Set achievable goals
5. Act early if you can
6. Be proactive when at risk
7. Assign responsibilities
8. Keep your recovery data as current as possible
9. Prepare for fallback
10. Don’t just throw money at disaster recovery

Disaster Recovery Quick-Start Guide

And our Quick-Start Guide to Disaster Recovery outlines some simple steps to building an intelligent virtual infrastructure that’s both cost effective and reliable.

For a more in depth guide to the principles of how disaster recovery can significantly benefit your business, download A Guide to Modern IT Disaster Recovery.

1 McGladrey and Pullen
2 US National Archives & Records Administration
3 Gartner, March 2009

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