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5 reasons disaster recovery as a service should be on your IT roadmap

3rd January 2018 by SICL

Your company will suffer a disaster. 72% of companies experienced an IT outage in the last year alone (Zerto) and the causes are not always what you would expect.

Disaster recovery (DR) may make you think of floods and fires, but in fact, system failure, human error and cyber crime account for over two-thirds of unplanned outages.

98% of businesses surveyed reported that a single hour of unplanned downtime costs over $100,000, with 33% reporting that it costs $1-5 million (ITIC). The longer it takes to bring your systems back online, the higher the cost. The same can be said about the amount and type of data you lose, with the loss of business critical data having the biggest impact.

If this isn’t enough to convince you to put DR in your plan for this year, perhaps the following will:

1.       Cost savings

Creating your own disaster recovery solution is expensive. From the high capital costs such as servers, storage and networking; through to recurring costs such as maintenance, support and bandwidth. With a managed disaster recovery solution these costs are covered by the provider, leaving you just paying one, simple monthly fee.

There is no need to over-provision your backup storage, paying more just in case of increased demand. With Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), you pay for what you need, and simply contact your provider to quickly and easily upgrade if you need more storage.

2.       Time savings and ease of use

Setting up your own disaster recovery is complex, costly and time consuming. It often requires major hardware installations and considerable time and resource to manage.

With DRaaS, this can be deployed in hours rather than weeks or even months to build a second disaster recovery site. The whole installation is managed by the DR provider, and can be operated online through a portal.

In case of a disaster, simply call your provider to invoke DR. They will work with you and guide you through the entire process, saving you time, uncertainty, and making sure you don’t make mistakes.

3.       Data loss

DRaaS providers work with you to fully understand your business. By digging deep into your business objectives and needs, they gain a full understanding of which applications are business critical. This allows you to choose different SLAs for different applications, meaning there will be no nasty surprises.

You have the ability to change both the frequency of backups, and how long you can wait for an application to be recovered meaning that the solution is truly bespoke to your needs. If an application is business critical, you can set the shortest time to fully recover the system and minimise data loss. If it is not, you can allow a lower cost, longer time-period.

4.       Peace of mind

When a disaster strikes, you need to have the confidence that your solution will work. A good DR provider will be able to evidence extensive real-world disaster recovery, and demonstrate that they will be able to bring your systems back online quickly.

They should also provide ongoing disaster testing. The DR solution should be tested upon implementation, and then regularly from then onwards. If you want more frequent tests, these should be available, whether minor – or full, invasive testing.

5.       Security

It is complex to consider every type of threat that you need to secure your backups against. Once these are understood, it is often complex to implement the necessary measures. With DRaaS, the responsibility for this falls on the provider.

A quality datacentre will have secure perimeters, CCTV, manned security, swipe cards and anti-tailgating pods to ensure that your data remains secure and access to the facility is controlled.

 

When a disaster does strike, it is stressful enough without worrying whether you are equipped to deal with it. With every second meaning an increased cost, it is vital to work with a partner who knows the right steps to take and can guide you through the process until your systems are recovered and your team is back working as usual.

By having a fully managed solution, you benefit from expert advice, time and cost savings, and backup security at all times, not just when the worst happens – allowing your IT team to concentrate on doing what they do best.

For information on how SICL can help ensure your systems are ready for a disaster, call 0345 459 1995 or email DR@sicl.com


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