By Amanda de Beer
“Being able to recover from a failure should be considered a competitive advantage” says EMC’s Amanda de Beer, EMC’s newly appointed Regional Manager for Data Protection Solutions (DPS).
According to Mark Perry, Sales Director at Aptronics, the key to maintaining availability for the modern data centre is not whether a business has protected its data by backing up, but how well it can recover from a disruption. He also notes that it is imperative that lost data be recovered and restored quicklyin the always-on business era. If the restore takes longer than half an hour, they have an unacceptably large availability gap.
According to the Veeam Data Centre Availability Report, IT departments are missing the recovery time objective their businesses demand for mission-critical data by more than an hour, and are more than 2.5 hours away from the always-on standards set by modern availability solutions. As a result it costs enterprises more than $2 million a year in lost revenue, productivity, opportunities and data irretrievably lost through backups failing to recover.
The report also notes that to meet the demands of the always-on business, organisations would need to recover mission-critical data in 60% of the time it takes them now and perform backup five times more often. Faster recovery of applications means less downtime and less impact to the business in terms of lost sales or productivity, and allows the business time to test backups.
Organisations need to modernise their data centre infrastructure with investments in virtualisation, modern storage and cloud, giving them the capabilities they need to recover and restore quickly.
Amanda went on to advise that there should be a well-defined and thought-out backup procedure and policy strategy should be considered a company asset and not only considered once a breach or loss has already hampered the business. “Preventing data loss and downtime should not be considered as one would consider insurance, required of course – but not business-enabling.”
In her conclusion Amanda said there are still many organisations facing data loss and downtime regularly – the only way to minimise the likelihood of failure to recover from a breach is if technology, policy and skilled personnel work together.