We all backup, but many of us do not have robust disaster recovery plans in place. Why?
For some it is the balance between risk and cost, and if you haven’t experienced a disaster, than most people don’t appreciate the risk. But are you sure you haven’t had a disaster occur?
Traditional disaster recovery solutions tend to focus on the more obvious types of disasters that can’t be missed ─ your building burning down, the IT room being flooded, terrorist attacks and so on.
However, disasters don’t come in one size. Many events, such as the finance server having a hardware failure at year end, a planned upgrade not going to plan and causing mass data loss, or a virus attack managing to bypass the in-place security counter measures, can be disastrous for a business.
Now ask yourself again: have you had a disaster? I am sure many more of you may remember an incident that didn’t mean evacuating people or having to rebuild your complete IT environment, but did cause major issues to your ability to operate and do business.
So why do so many of us not think these smaller events are classified as disasters?
For many it is because when we look at Disaster Recovery solutions, they tend to be designed as an ‘all or nothing’ approach to recovery.
Unlike backup solutions that are all about storing data in a way that allows you to recover individual files or applications over an extended period of time, Disaster Recovery solutions focus on the speed of recovery and less about long-term retention and granular recovery.
Also, many Disaster Recovery solutions work on the basis that a complete site has been lost, providing the capability to recover the complete IT estate at a remote location in the shortest possible time.
What does this mean for the average IT department?
Typically IT uses multiple solutions, making multiple copies of data and systems to different locations with different SLAs and capabilities depending on the source. This is complicated, time consuming, inefficient and now out of date.
The 360 Degree Recovery Model
By using a platform based on the Syncsort DPX technology, we can now deliver the 360 Degree Recovery model.
A single solution that delivers the capability to recover your data at a granular file or application level, whilst at the same time ensuring that you can recover complete volumes, servers or sites. And all delivered in such a way that guaranteed SLAs can be put in place and do not change as your data grows.
Recovery is key to any data protection strategy ─ it’s no good having the best backup system in place if it can’t recover your data when you need it. By blurring the line between backup and disaster recovery and delivering multiple recovery methods through a single platform, you can now recover your data from any angle.