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The Answers to “Do I Need Disaster Recovery?”

The Answers to “Do I Need Disaster Recovery?”

DR for Business Continuity

DR for Business Continuity

Already shaken by the word “Disaster” in Disaster Recovery, the tremors of an actual disaster can cause even more jitters. Once you understand how crucial your business data is, you will figure out how damaging the disaster can prove to be.

Let’s understand of how responsive your business is to the world, and vice-versa.

First things first, are you a big name in the market? If you are, your big brand obviously attaches hard-earned reputation which now needs to be prepared for and protected against unforeseen disastrous circumstances.

While putting the Contingency Plan somewhere at the bottom of your organized business plans on the white board, did you ever think that your lucrative business ideas can flop in a snap, if there was to be a disaster? God forbid.

Knowing by now that the world markets ruthlessly stop responding to you if your business stops responding to the worldly needs; it becomes imperative to always stay up. Staying up translates as being highly available, accessible, reachable and approachable to your clients who dominate your business directly.

Let’s see if you are a newly found enterprise, or an SME with an operational IT structure. Now, here the question is to review which data you are producing, exchanging and managing. You, as a business entity may be small in size, but your clients’ data applications could be absolutely mission-critical or highly confidential for which the accountability and responsibility could be entirely yours. Ask, “Is my business bearing vital data which need to be immediately recovered after a disaster”, “Can my clients afford to bear a data loss or a performance-breach?” or “Will my business be as competitive like it was before the disaster? Your answers will intimate you about the business pluses against the minuses.

There’s more to the Question-Sets, in case the resulting answers are DR-positive:

Reviewing - a Disaster Recovery SolutionConclusion - Of Reviewed DR Solution
Practical benefits of hosting data in Disaster Recovery SiteData duplication, Remote Access, Business Availability even in a Disaster
Investment in DR Infrastructure v/s DR Hosting with CloudDerive cost of current operations v/s cost of DR Site, if the latter is higher, choose cost-effective DRaS
Degree of Performance Degradation after a disasterDetermined by Technology and Infrastructure deployed at DR Hosting Site
Time Consumed to ready-my systems- During a disaster, Post a DisasterPreparedness of DR Hosting Provider, proactive consideration of allocable/ non-allocable time to recover
Information Security during the whole process of recovering from a DisasterWill be determined by its Priority level decided by DR Hosting Provider, During disaster Recovery Planning

Practical benefits of DR Hosting

While evaluating DR Solutions, you practically come across two solution options- constructing a DR Site i.e. an equally efficient data duplication infrastructure and second option is DR solution with your hosting provider offering cloud, or traditionally. For Datacenter owners, the pressure of owning a Proxy DR Site is likely to go up, in case they promise a fully managed solution to clients and claim to be a one-stop solution for business IT. However, the increasing trend of cloud options (now DRaS on Cloud)has opened new doors especially for SMEs so that they have a privilege of offering managed hosting suite to their clientele. DR Site/hosting basically performs data mirroring and hence lost data during a disaster is practically protected in a Remote DR Site. Again, never consider a DR location if it not strategically situated, (let’s say it is in a weak geographical location prone to earthquakes, floods, tsunamis). That would clearly be an unwise option. DRaS on Cloud is on the charts as it offers benefits equal to that of original data hosting.The cloud produces business data applications with features of mobility, remote accessibility, scalability and cost efficiency. Completely automated DRaS prepares business to continue progressively, without giving a thought to the disaster aftereffects. There really aren’t any aftereffects if your DR provider is fully automated.

Investment in DR Infrastructure v/s DR Hosting on Cloud

A straight answer – Large Enterprises/ Datacenters can surely consider building a DR Infrastructure, an option which comes with high investments as you are setting up a plant, products, people and a complete portfolio encompassing DR services. However, DRaS on Cloud allows you to save more than 50% of your costs, which is a good escape for even the largest enterprises to set it on the cloud. However, a dive in the cost-expense sheets needs to be taken to avoid taking financially incorrect decisions, it shouldn’t so happen that investment in DR stands higher than other OPEX, which in financial terms is called “loss”

Degree of Performance Degradation after a disaster

Strictly speaking – To businesses hosted on advanced DR structure and technology, the quakes of the disaster don’t scare a bit.Below are some considerations for DR hosts–

1. Replace traditional ways of DR hosting with modern fully automated end-to-end DR hosting

2. Produce or Recover static and dynamic high-change applications within no time with absolute accuracy

3. Performance degradations at any point in time, regardless of disaster, would prove lethal.

Technically strong DR Solution Providers harnessed with mentioned metrics are conveniently able to give their clients a safe escape from disasters.

Time Consumed to ready my systems- During a disaster, Post a Disaster

The time lag to settle the disastrous disturbances is a point where differences can crop up between different business-doings. The small-sized business doers or rightly, less critical app holders can afford to stay comfortable after a delayed data recovery. Whereas, mission critical data holders needless to say, must use emergency exits to survive. The DR support at the DR host Site will determine the stretch of time to recover the data applications. However in both cases, you cannot be inconsiderate to some level of leverage or buffer in time because it naturally takes a bit of time to breathe in the pain.

Information Security during the whole process of recovering from a Disaster

Bending towards the technical side, your data needs to be encrypted wherever your data is hosted. The disaster has already caused you to set a recovery channel, and now it also enforces you to safely escape the vulnerabilities on the web for an all-round safety. Practically, question of Info Secisat the bottom in DR considerations, however if hosting providers do not respect Information security while prioritizing DR transits, they would land up endangering business critical information in a different way, maybe.

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