Did you know: 45% of unplanned downtime is due to hardware failure? Or that 48% of IT providers indicate phishing emails were the cause of ransomware? And 36% say lack of employee training was to blame for cybersecurity mishaps?
There is a new reality facing businesses these days. Disaster Recovery Journal stated in this article that the 2017 hurricane season was the costliest one to date, with total property losses as high as $200 Billion. California’s wildfires were about the same – $180 Billion. Other statistics show that businesses who fail to plan or have inadequate Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) plans in place, will ultimately not survive the event. According to Netserve365, up to 45% of businesses do not recover from a significant event.
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Disaster-Proof your Business
73% of companies are failing at disaster readiness. Yes. 73%. And disaster’s are not just limited to those of a natural kind. Man-made disasters, such as those caused by malware or hacking can paralyze a businesses operations just as easily. It’s not enough to just back up data to multiple locations. A true BC/DR solution encompasses 3 parts:
- Apps and Servers
- Database and Directories
- User desktops and files are accessible regardless of the device.
CIO has compiled a list of 12 ways to disaster-proof your business from speaking with industry experts, and we thought we would share our top 4.
- Apply the 80/20 rule. In the CIO piece, Sungard Availability Services vice president, Product Management, Recovery Services, Michael de la Torre, shares how businesses need to conduct a data assessment and determine which data is the most critical. “Not all data is created equally…By applying the 80/20 rule, a company can tier out its critical data and applications to decide which 20 percent is the most crucial to protect,” he says.
- Work with a trusted partner. Symantec Senior Manager of Backup and Recovery, Peter Elliman, says “Use an experienced partner to ensure your [storage and disaster recovery (DR)] solution meets the needs of your business and the capabilities of your IT department.” Additionally, we would add that you work with a partner that is transparent in their pricing structure and allows scalability and flexibility as you grow.
- Make sure data is encrypted. And is encrypted both in-transit and at rest. Look for providers that have AES-256 Encryption as well as is SSAE 16-TYPE 2 compliant DC.
- Follow the 3, 2, 1 rule. Doug Hazelman, vice president of Product Strategy for data protection provider Veeam, suggests that businesses utilize the 3, 2, 1 rule, or 3 backups on 2 different mediums, with one of those being offsite.
3 Ways To Implement a BC/DR solution
If you found these statistics rather unsettling, there is something you can do to ease the burden. Here are 3 ways your business can implement a BC/DR plan:
- Snapshots — A snapshot is a non-application aware feature built into most modern storage arrays or implemented on top of a local disk as part of the operating system (i.e., using Logical Volume Manager in Linux). Snapshots are easy to configure, quick to execute and are low cost compared to other methods of BC/DR. Businesses can easily recover data using snapshots in case of any disaster or business continuity event issues.
- Backups — a Backup (as defined by Tech Terms) is a copy of one or more files created as an alternate in case the original data is lost or becomes unusable. Backups have many benefits, including continuous data replication between sites, application awareness and more. Backups give businesses the ability to restore entire volumes, files or virtual machines.
- BC/DR — Businesses can automate their BC/DR by replicating their data and applications to the cloud in case of a disaster. By having the data stored in an offsite, geo-redundant facility, businesses can help enable the continuity of operations in the event of a local natural or man-made disaster.
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dinCloud to participate in the Nutanix .NEXT 2018 Conference
dinCloud is looking forward to sharing how an effective BC/DR solution can help the Nutanix ecosystem ensure the continuity of their Nutanix implementation by participating in the upcoming NEXT Conference this May. Look for the dinCloud booth during the expo and learn how you can ensure that your business survives for years to come.