What is worth remembering when planning your disaster recovery budget?

    When was the last time your server crashed? How did this affect your organization? In 2013, the Ponemon Institute, which is engaged in independent research in the field of information security, conducted a survey that showed that 91% of organizations faced the problem of downtime in the operation of data centers. And although these statistics are not so terrible in itself, according to experts, 30% of the victims were not able to restore work, and this is a serious cause for alarm.

    Business leaders always think that all these horrors will happen to someone else, but not to their organization, although not only they argue this way. For most people, hurricanes and earthquakes come to mind when disaster strikes, but it is, in fact, not always natural. A human error or a cyber attack can turn into a disaster. That is why it is always worth having a “Plan B” to protect your mission-critical applications and data. It is also important to know that a five-minute downtime is not just a loss of potential profit at this time. This is an opportunity to lose brand reputation and customer loyalty.


    What is worth recalling when you or your management decide to save on restoration measures?

    Disaster Recovery Cost-Effective

    According to a study by the Ponemon Institute, an average company needs an average of 2 days to recover. The average annual loss per company (similar to the average temperature in a hospital, but still) is $ 366,363. There are also hidden losses - this is lost profits and loss of brand reputation. For example, if a ticket reservation system at a large airline “falls” at 8 o’clock, the next time customers who have lost a lot of time struggling with overlays will think twice before booking a flight on it.

    Organizations that use disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) providers have seen savings as a key benefit of using a public cloud for disaster recovery. These are the results of a study by Aberdeen Group, a research company that allows business structures to understand the implications and results of technology adoption. Do not be afraid of the need for too large capital investments to increase reliability, you can just sign an agreement with the DRaaS provider.

    Costs range from $ 60 to $ 120 per month per server, depending on the number of servers needed to back up the organization’s data, and on the size of this data, and also depend on factors such as recovery-point objective (RPO), control recovery time objective (RTO), etc.


    Recovery is easy to organize.

    Today, data recovery in the cloud is accepted by businesses of various sizes much easier than five years ago. Before virtualization, recovery costs were at least three times higher, as It required several DCs, specialized software and extensive network connections. It is very expensive to do this in the "material" world. Therefore, only the largest organizations could afford a recovery budget. Now virtualization has made backup and recovery easier by encapsulating virtual servers in multiple files, data is easily transported, and the cost of the procedure is reduced.

    Recovery procedures give data owners a variety of recovery approaches. Need to protect the entire infrastructure, or just first-tier applications? Recovery time and recovery point is laid within the application 1-3 levels? Those days when it was required to create, maintain and pay for an additional site completely identical to the main one are gone.

    Data loss is reduced

    According to a study by Aberdeen Group, there are three factors that put pressure on organizations to use cloud-based data backup: the risk of interruption of business processes, the loss of critical corporate data, and the length of the recovery process. Those who have included a recovery procedure in the service agreement spend three times less time on this and restore twice as much data.

    Imagine running a campaign at Delray Beach in Florida. It's great ... until a hurricane happened. This happened to Fleet Lease Disposal in October 2005 after Hurricane Wilma, which destroyed the company's office and one of its main data centers. Fortunately, the company quickly recovered from losses and quietly worked for the next 4 months from the backup data center in New Jersey. After 4 years, the company learned that the additional site also lacked the appropriate equipment and bandwidth for backup recovery.

    Having started working with DRaaS providers, the company was able to recover data in less than an hour, save thousands of dollars and man-hours, having recaptured the costs of the restoration procedure in less than 18 months. Using data replication and cloud services, the company can now rely on quick recovery, especially during the hurricane season.

    Recovery is fast and efficient.

    According to a survey conducted by Aberdeen Group, companies that use DRaaS are recovering faster - this is the second advantage of using cloud services.

    Many people think that storing data on removable media is similar to backing up. Data protection is important, but the ability to recover data efficiently and quickly is essential in the recovery process. Storing data without using virtual resources and the ability to easily test recovery outside of failure conditions is just a backup that does not ensure the continuity of business processes.

    For example, one leading biotechnology company has simplified the backup process to such an extent that it simply abandoned the use of several data centers in favor of one, the infrastructure of which makes a complete backup of data and all applications.

    Testing 1, 2, 3 ...

    Businesses can try their recovery plan at any time. It is very important to make sure that the IT environment starts at another site and all data is saved. Companies can rehearse at a planned or unplanned shutdown and make sure that the backup plan works. In 2012, Forrester released data that only half of the companies conduct full-fledged backup recovery testing once a year. And although companies cite a lack of resources for testing, these processes are now mostly automated and require less human intervention.

    When Verdande Technology needed to expand the infrastructure without making significant investments, it turned to cloud backup providers to take flexible, cost-effective measures to expand the test space, while at the same time reducing the amount of equipment and associated difficulties.

    “Now we have the flexibility and control that we wanted,” said Peter Verlaine, company’s systems IT engineer. “We can remotely configure the test site in accordance with the testing requirements, and our providers bill us only for what we use. We no longer have to worry about where, when and how we will test. ”

    The task of testing is to verify the availability and recoverability of all the systems that are needed in the work. After all, when the failure actually happens. It's too late to think about it.

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