If you're a business searching for a solution that offers more reliability during times of uncertainty, then you're not alone. Everyday it seems like there's another report predicting those uncertain times are increasing, with outages being "bound to continue as extreme weather events become more frequent and severe.” Hearing about how BC Hydro's customer outages have tripled in the past 5 years, the luxury of a Disaster Recovery (DR) solution has now become a necessity.
Living in BC today, we’re used to the beautiful scenery, greenery, mountains, parks and of course the rain, but what we’re hearing about in the headlines paints a much different picture:
Disaster Recovery Has Never Looked This Good
The top sources of financial loss for businesses are downtime caused by uncontrollable factors like hardware failure - but did you know, 58% of downtime incidents are actually caused by human error, while natural disaster account for only 10%? So, while your biggest concern is a Chinook coming in after a big snow fall, Janet over in reception is getting way too excited talking about her new Instant Pot, knocking her cup of coffee all over her computer.
As a business, your recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO) are important aspects to your disaster recovery plan. As part of that plan, your data should be backed up or replicated and knowing your RPO and RTO will help you make an informed decision on what’s right for your business.
The biggest concern during a disaster is the financial loss that businesses will incur based on their ability to keep recovery time (RTO) low. Larger corporations have the financial resources and staff to reduce downtime, but the statistics for small to medium sized businesses are not as encouraging. It’s important to have a plan in case of disaster – which can be anything from a natural disaster to an internal failure. But, the decision on which service to utilize will depend on your in-house IT specialists so before making your decision you’ll want to consider your available resources, risks and the subsequent financial losses you may face.
When talking about disaster, most people immediately think of natural disasters, but there are more risks than just heavy rain or damaging winds. It’s important to consider man-made disasters when assessing your risks like chemical spills, cyberattacks or arson.
It’s undisputable that cloud solutions are on the rise, with Forbes predicting that within the next year 80% of all IT budgets will be committed to cloud solutions. The cloud continues to gain momentum as perception positively increases, and there are many advantages influencing the rise in businesses making the shift towards it.
There’s a misconception surrounding the cloud that it’s complicated. If you ask around, most people would give you a different interpretation of what they think it is. But ironically, the cloud offers a far more simplistic storage solution than previous methods. The need for cloud services is on the rise, with Gartner predicting “IaaS will grow 36.8% this year and reach $34.6 billion."
Many people believe that your data floats into cyberspace where it hangs out until you need it again. Hollywood has also created this unrealistic myth that your data is easily available to hackers.
The truth is, the cloud has a physical location and, in this case, it’s located in our data centre. Think of the cloud as a safety deposit box and the data center as the bank. You store all your valuable data in our facility, taking advantage of the security and maintenance perks.
A solid disaster recovery plan ensures your company is resilient to IT disruptions and is able to restore services in case of disaster. Veeam's Availability Suite™ 9.5 offers more than just regular backups, instead it leverages IT investments in server virtualization, modern storage and the cloud. Together, Veeam, Whipcord and our partner Open Storage Solutions make it simple to create a comprehensive Availability strategy that includes an off-site infrastructure in the cloud.
Although cloud replication has proven itself to be a trusted and long running system to keeping your backup data secure and up to date, I have discovered that it involves exactly zero clouds. While this was a small setback in my research, I now know that Replication gives businesses and networks a cloud-based replica of your environment. This replica allows for easy access to a recent backup of a singular virtual machine, a set of VM’s (Virtual Machines) or even an entire network, along with the ability to switch over to said replica should anything go wrong with your own environment.