Why business continuity is an underfunded goal

Posted on August 19th, 2014 by Joel Nimar

Emergency DisasterBusinesses are putting a heavy emphasis on disaster recovery to improve business continuity (BC). Ninety-one percent of respondents in a 2013 Ponemon institute study reported that they experienced unplanned downtime in the last 2 years. A major concern is that 30% of those experience a server outage never recover. A good disaster recovery plan allows companies to improve their recovery time objectives (RTO) and keeps corporate data protected. IT Managers are being directed to devote more time and attention to developing disaster recovery plans for business continuity, and corporate executives expect these goals to be met. However, managers are not being provided with the resources they need to adequately accomplish this goal. This leaves managers to look for other ways to cut back in other areas in order to meet business continuity goals. The Gartner consulting firm says that by 2014 30 percent of midsized firms will adopt RaaS, Recovery as a service – up from just 1% in 2011.

What Managers Want

Disaster recovery (DR) solutions is something that needs to be built into the operations of the company. It is a task that is easier said than done. Creative managers find ways to meet DR requirements on a shoe string budget. Some IT managers report on using a barter system with other companies in town to assist them in the case of a disaster. Others make agreements to share resources with other divisions in the company, and others are even betting the business on using retired assets in storage. What IT managers really need is a total integrated solution.

Problems Managers Face

The most common problems managers face with new, more intensive disaster recovery orders include:

  • Upper management placing a high priority on disaster recover without increasing the company’s budget for it
  • A lack of funds being allocated to cover downtime if disaster recovery is necessary
  • Traditional recovery models being too expensive and time-consuming for managers to implement
  • Traditional recovery models being too out of date to cover more stringent recovery requirements

What Managers Can Do

It may seem as if managers who are faced with stringent disaster recovery objectives without additional funds to implement these objectives are stuck between a rock and a hard place. However, that is not the case. There are now service providers who are disaster recovery specialists, who promise faster recovery in the cloud at the same or lower price points and also providing more flexible contract terms compared to traditional recovery methods. This business model is known as “disaster recovery as a service” (DRaaS).

DRaaS enables customers to failover their on-premises infrastructure to a multitenant cloud environment that they purchase on a pay-per-use basis. The provider must run customers’ production environments out of the cloud during disaster declarations or testing.

The Final Word

Companies far and wide are adopting DRaaS as their preferred disaster recovery model for a couple of reasons – 1.) The cost of such services can be more economical for most medium to large businesses with flexible contract terms, and 2.) It provides a full service disaster recovery plan, including regular testing to make sure it always works and a complete implementation. With many different platforms for data recovery available, there is a solution out there that is right for your business. When it’s time for you to evaluate your DRaaS options, then consult with Pyramid Technology Services to choose a solution that is perfect for your business.

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joel nimarWritten by Joel Nimar, President of Pyramid Technology Services. Pyramid Technology Services has 25 years of experience providing new and refurbished servers, storage, and networking equipment along with the services to set them up and maintain them at peak efficiency. Joel can be reached at sales@pyramidcomputer.com

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