Automated systems mean better disaster recovery

by Xtium Research

Automated systems mean better disaster recovery

Disaster recovery has rapidly evolved from being somewhat of an afterthought for decision-makers to a critical business component. 

There are a number of reasons for this, most notably the growing frequency of natural disasters and the noticeable impact that significant downtime has on an organization's revenue. 

A recent MSPmentor blog post pointed out some of the questions owners should ask when they pursue DR solutions. For instance, how much downtime can they afford before it starts to hurt their business? How much data can they lose? How fast of a recovery system can they afford to purchase?

In most instances, on-premise solutions are failing to meet those requirements.

"Traditional DR plans are complex, time-consuming and rarely tested to ensure they meet the needs of the business," said Gerald Thurman, a systems engineer with ITsavvy's Advanced Solutions Group.

Opt for virtual environments instead
Automated systems, such as those built within virtual environments, typically offer substantially better disaster recovery features. A recent ITsavvy report outlined some of the crucial components that make up an effective DR plan, including:

  • Being able to store important information offsite.
  • The ability to make regular upgrades without impacting business continuity.
  • Regular testing, even when data and applications are located elsewhere. 

Virtual environments are more effective in all of those instances, while still being extremely cost-efficient. That's because of virtualization's ability to replicate important items automatically without using too much computing power, as well as the technology's inherently better recovery capabilities. 

Compliance: Not to be ignored
Another somewhat underrated facet of virtual DR is its ability to help organizations when it comes to regulatory compliance.

"This is especially important for entities that need to meet ever-increasing compliance regulations in a cost-effective manner," said ITsavvy President and CEO Mike Theriault. 

Theriault said there are plenty of automated tools available today "that offer secure, peace-of-mind disaster recovery for organizations of all sizes." This is especially useful for healthcare agencies and financial institutions, which have been bombarded with recent legislation. 

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