When building and maintaining a secure IT ecosystem, having a tested, defensible disaster recovery (DR) plan in place is essential. HOSTING CTO Darrell Hyde is an 18-year veteran of the managed hosting industry who has survived many IT disasters, including working for a local ISP in Delaware during Hurricane Floyd in 1999. The Category 4 storm caused $4.5 billion in damages, and demolished his company’s office and colocation facility. In our recent webinar, Think You’ve Tested Your DR Plan? Think Again!, Darrell discussed the common types of change that are occurring in an organization’s IT environment and how they impact its disaster recovery. Following are some of his key points.
Most organizations lack a disaster recovery plan
Many organizations recognize the need for a disaster recovery plan; however the majority don’t have one in place. Those that have a DR plan often don’t test it.
- 80% of U.S. companies lack a DR plan
- 50% of small and midsized businesses (SMBs) worldwide have no DR plan
- 72% of SMBs worldwide that have a DR plan have never tested it
- 25% of reported DR tests fail
So why aren’t DR plans being tested, or being tested more often?
- 40% of SMBs fear that DR testing will impact their business operations and their customers
- 27% of SMBs fear disruption to their sales and revenue
- 48% of SMBs claim that they lack the resources to test their DR plans on a regular basis
Due to the reasons listed above, many IT organizations don’t list DR planning and testing as an “official” project, and don’t include it on their team’s project management calendar. The assumption is that IT will take care of it during off hours. The end result of their efforts is a DR binder with outdated emergency contacts that sits on a shelf gathering dust.
Your IT environment is constantly changing – so should your DR plan
As every experienced IT director knows, their organization’s IT environment is constantly changing. On any given day, their software team is releasing new code, their network team is deploying new firmware to deliver new features, and their security team is introducing updated policies. On top of that are end users who are moving from local to remote to mobile workplaces. With new devices such as tablets and smartphones being used every day, it’s challenging for IT leaders to plan the architecture of their IT environment, much less their DR plan. However, without a comprehensive, defensible DR plan in place, organizations risk losing their business-critical data in the event of a disaster (which will happen,) not to mention customer loyalty and executive confidence.
HOSTING Cloud Replication
HOSTING believes that an organization’s DR plan should never negatively impact its customers, employees or revenue. Which is why we’ve introduced the HOSTING Cloud Replication Solution. We provide Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) by connecting an organization’s on-premises and cloud-based environments with our recovery infrastructure for off-site data replication and continuous application availability. An organization’s production site and the recovery site stay in synch through reliable data replication as facilitated by VMware’s Site Recovery Manager (SRM). The HOSTING recovery environment provides a remote, secure copy of data applications with failover and failback capabilities to bring them up to speed in as little as 15 minutes. Key features include:
- Customizable recovery plans
- Non-disruptive testing via the HOSTING Customer Portal
- Push-button test and failover via the HOSTING Customer Portal
- White glove onboarding, including a successful test
- Recovery Point Objective (RPO) adherence monitored by HOSTING
HOSTING Cloud Replication makes DR planning and testing fundamental components of an organization’s IT ecosystem, providing IT leaders with the confidence that their failover infrastructure will result in a predictable outcome.
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