The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is quickly approaching, beginning on June 1st and lasting through the end of November. AccuWeather predicts up to 14 tropical storms, of which seven storms could have the potential to develop to hurricane strength. The devastation from these storms is staggering; storms such as Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and Hurricane Harvey in the Southeast and Gulf regions have caused over $260 billion worth of damage between them within the past ten years.
One of the most important things for any business is to ensure the continuity of operations in the event of a disaster. As more companies are investing in disaster recovery techniques, they are becoming overly complacent without implementing a proper test.
Implementing a disaster recovery plan can often be a daunting task. When it comes to ensuring the security and continuity of your business’s data, there are a lot of factors for companies to consider. Everything, from identifying risk areas to choosing a location to host the disaster recovery site, takes time money and resources that many companies do not have.
Cloud DR (disaster recovery), also known as DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) puts a twist on traditional DR practices so that organizations can achieve greater cost savings while also achieving more security and reliability in the wake of disaster. Traditional site-to-site data replication has inherent expenses that cloud DR solutions bypass, including the upfront costs of building out a geographically redundant data repository some 500 miles away.
What would happen if your office burned down? If there was a flood? If your data was compromised by ransomware? Would your data survive? Could your company recover? Do you have a plan? CIOs are asked these questions every day and, often, these questions keep them up at night. Knowing that your company is protected in the event of a disaster is priceless. Especially when we know that a majority of companies that do not have disaster recovery plans will be put out of business when disaster strikes. Other than the obvious benefits of peace of mind and business continuity, having a disaster recovery plan in place will help your business immensely. Here are 5 ways that DR planning can benefit your business:
Human error isn't a rare occurrence. For example, in 2017 Amazon experienced an outage of its S3 servers due to a typo by an Amazon employee. Also in 2017, a British Airways engineer caused a data center outage resulting in the cancellation of 400+ flights. The Uptime Institute claims that 70% of data center outages are caused by human error. While human error is the most common culprit of data center downtime, it's also the most preventable.
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Healthcare is well on the way to transitioning from paper to electronic documentation. It’s no secret. Most patients can now access health records and talk with doctors online. With the transition, strict regulation has also accompanied this increase in electronic storage and transmission of patient information for the healthcare industry. The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010 further hastened this transition as electronic storage and documentation of patient records became a legal requirement and was no longer optional.
An unexpected natural disaster can set back or even shut down your business if not anticipated in advance and precautionary measures instituted. If your business is in tornado alley (North Dakota to Texas, but even as far east as Ohio and Georgia!) it's susceptible to very high winds and flying debris which may result in serious damage to the buildings and other infrastructure during a tornado. It is important to get your business up and running as soon as possible after a tornado. The longer it takes for your business to resume operations, the more likely it is to ultimately fail. According to the Institute of Business and Home Safety, about 25 percent of businesses do not reopen after a natural disaster.
A disaster recovery strategy is necessary for ensuring the integrity and availability of a company's data in the event of a disaster. A delay in data recovery after a disaster can lead to severe financial losses for the affected company; studies indicate that companies can lose anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million per hour following a data outage. With potential losses this high, it's essential that a company has a solid disaster recovery plan in place to restore data and minimize downtime after a disaster.
The increased prevalence and affordability of cloud computing has resulted in its utilization by companies in developing innovative solutions to risks they constantly face. One such risk is the disruption of business operations following a natural disaster. Companies with an onsite IT infrastructure often experience a delay in data recovery and restoration following a natural disaster.