Why Disaster Recovery is critical for your business.
Regardless of size, all organisations should have an effective plan for business continuity to ensure that operations are never impacted severely with down time — even in the event of a total site outage at a main data centre location.
SMBs might not have the resources to devote to their own Disaster Recovery site, but they must still have an effective, resilient solution. SMBs must be up and running post-disaster just as quickly as any other commercial enterprise. The cost and complexity of implementing a disaster relief site, however, is prohibitive for the average SMB. Let’s take a closer look at the main obstacles to doing so:
Lack of Disaster Recovery Location.
Many SMBs have a single location from which operations are conducted, while key IT assets are co-located. When a primary site outage occurs, a common recovery strategy is restore via backup tapes. This means that a minimum of one day’s data is lost, in addition to considerable delays in full service restoration.
Inadequate Technical Expertise
The majority of SMBs do not have dedicated in-house IT personnel. Thus, they struggle to implement anything more than daily key system backup. The establishment and maintenance of redundant infrastructure at a co-location provider with failover infrastructure and replication is just beyond the technical capacities of most SMBs.
Inadequate Budget for Disaster Recovery Implementation
A really proactive approach to business continuity demands a Disaster Recovery site with hot standby computing infrastructure in place that can assume operations on a moment’s notice. Dedicated WAN links between the live and Disaster Recovery sites must be provisioned and maintained. Failover and replication infrastructure must be acquired, implemented, and maintained. Although these tasks are often within the financial grasp of larger enterprises, the OpEx and CapEx costs place it beyond the reach of the typical SMB.
Although these are all legitimate challenges, they should not preclude an SMB from developing and implementing an effective plan of business continuity. Other models also exist to enhance the resiliency of any organization in the face of a disaster.
How Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service powered by Cloud365 Can Help
Managed service providers offer remote storage and computing resources in addition to WAN connectivity to your site as a bundled service. These resources supply Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (“DRaaS”). A DRaaS solution can offer a cost-efficient disaster recovery solution for SMBs business-critical applications with:
Unlike backup-powered Disaster Recovery solutions, Cloud365-powered systems replicate live application data to the DRaaS service provider’s cloud-based recovery site in real time. Combined with Cloud365’s automated failover/failback, this scheme ensures that you will be back online and running, usually within a few minutes.
The essence of a managed service provider is remote cloud data centre operations that occur at a long distance away from the primary business site. This means that local outages will not adversely affect their ability to restore business operations.
When mission critical applications and customer facing portals must remain online all the time, Cloud365 delivers High Availability computing.
Real-time replicated code, databases and software configuration information enables mission critical systems to operate across multiple locations.
We specialise in failover and Disaster Recovery for business systems, fully managed and supported by our team.
Talk to us about designing a failover or Disaster Recovery solution for your online platform.