Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

Three out of four companies worldwide do not have a reliable disaster readiness plan established, according to the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council[1]. That’s 75% of companies around the globe. You might be inclined to shrug, but compare that statistic with the repercussions and what those organisations are likely to face once their systems fail.

Some quick disaster recovery facts

In any given year, approximately 36% of organisations around the world experience the loss of one or more critical applications, VMs or data files for a number of hours, and close to 20% lose them for a matter of days. That’s a lot of business lost. Companies have reported financial losses ranging from between $50,000 to over $5 million in a year due to failing to have disaster recovery plans in action.

How to plan your Disaster Recovery

There are steps you can take to mitigate disaster and ensure your business suffers as little as possible. A Disaster Recovery plan will outline everything you need to recover (from applications and documents to entire sites if you wish). Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO), both clearly outlined, will give you peace of mind as to what to expect during the disaster recovery period, and can be used to determine the disaster recovery of your applications, which, we feel we must stress, should be tested regularly.

Testing your Disaster Recovery Plan

Testing their Disaster Recovery plan is where many organisations also fail. It isn’t enough to create your disaster plan and then forget it. With new applications comes the need for new testing. The abovementioned Annual Report also found some worrying statistics regarding this matter; in that one third of organisations only tested their DR plans once or twice a year, and close to a quarter never tested at all. And when companies do test their plan, more than 65% don’t pass.

When disaster hits

When something does go wrong, how do you want to react? Do you want to be the business owner frantically calling your I.T. department trying to figure out what’s happened, what’s been lost and what can be saved? Or do you want to be the one who knows it’s all taken care of, and your company’s tested and proven Disaster Recovery plan means your data and applications are protected, and this is a minor hiccup to your day?

Help with Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

If you’d rather be the one keeping their head while others are panicking and losing profits, Network Overdrive can help. Take a look at our Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) options and call us today to ensure you’re covered.

[1] The State of Global Disaster Recovery Preparedness Annual Report 2014

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