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Safeguarding Your Business: The Crucial Role of Disaster Recovery

By Sashishekhar Panda
Jul 01, 2024
5 min read

In today’s fast-paced digital landscape, understanding the importance of disaster recovery (DR) is paramount. DR, a critical aspect of business continuity, ensures that your organisation can swiftly recover IT infrastructure functionality in the aftermath of a disaster event, whether it’s a natural catastrophe or the result of human error. This blog explores the significance of disaster recovery and its role in safeguarding your business against catastrophic disruptions.

High Stakes of Neglecting Disaster Recovery

In a recent survey, it was discovered that merely 54% of companies have implemented a comprehensive disaster recovery plan across their entire organisation. Interestingly, 57% of the surveyed firms maintain a secondary on-premises data center specifically designated for disaster recovery purposes.1. The statistics are sobering: According to an online source, 93% of companies without a disaster recovery plan face the grim reality of going out of business within a year after a major data disaster strikes2. Yet, astonishingly, most of the small businesses lack a disaster recovery plan. These figures emphasise the urgency for businesses, particularly those relying on cloud operations, to prioritise disaster recovery.

Disruptions can occur at any time, without warning. Your network might experience an outage, a critical software bug might emerge, or a natural disaster could disrupt your operations. According to a report by Logic Monitor, an impressive 96% of IT organisations across the globe experienced at least one outage between the years 2019 and 2022. Having a strong and routinely evaluated disaster recovery strategy can be a game-changer. According to information available online, a staggering 80% of businesses that lack disaster recovery plans ultimately face closure3.

Role of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

Many cloud providers offer Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), allowing businesses to back up their data and IT infrastructure on third-party cloud platforms. During a crisis, these providers orchestrate the DR plan to restore access and functionality, minimising operational interruptions. The DRaaS market is projected to grow significantly, from USD 10.7 billion in 2023 to USD 26.5 billion by 2028, according to a report by MarketsandMarkets.

Responsibility and Collaboration

Implementing a disaster recovery plan is not the sole responsibility of the IT or Operations department. All employees should be familiar with the plan and their roles in executing it effectively. This collaborative approach enhances resilience and ensures that every staff member can contribute to disaster preparedness.

Regular Testing for Ongoing Preparedness

Regular testing is essential for a successful disaster recovery plan. An annual review is recommended, with more frequent tests in response to operational changes. This ensure that the plan is efficient and is up to date. Expert reviews can uncover overlooked gaps or new scenarios, which should be documented and incorporated into the plan.

The Impact of Data Loss on Customer Trust

Data breaches can severely damage customer trust and reputation. Customers may lose confidence in a company’s ability to protect their data, potentially leading to a loss of loyalty and business. Negative publicity further erodes an organisation’s reputation, making it harder to rebuild trust and attract new customers.

To ensure a fail-safe disaster recovery testing, consider these tips:

  • Plan ahead and test frequently.
  • Use a sandbox for testing to avoid disrupting production servers.
  • Take advantage of cost-effective cloud-based testing.
  • Encourage regular employee participation in testing to build familiarity and confidence.

Implementing prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery (PPRR) measures is a critical component of a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy for cloud computing environments. These measures serve distinct roles in safeguarding your infrastructure:

  1. Prevention: The aim of prevention measures is to proactively reduce potential threats and eliminate system vulnerabilities, effectively preventing disasters from occurring in the first place. By identifying and mitigating risks, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of a disaster event.
  2. Preparedness: Preparedness involves the creation of a detailed disaster recovery (DR) plan that outlines the actions to be taken during an actual DR event. It is essential to meticulously document every step of this process to ensure the seamless execution of the DR plan when a disaster strikes.
  3. Response: The response phase defines the specific DR strategies and actions that should be enacted when a disaster event occurs. This is the phase where you address the incident head-on and work to mitigate its impact on your systems and operations.
  4. Recovery: Recovery focuses on the steps necessary to successfully restore your infrastructure after a disaster and minimise the resulting damage. It encompasses the restoration of data, applications, and services to their functional state.

Once you’ve determined which approach to disaster recovery aligns with your needs, the next crucial step is selecting a data protection solution that can bring your DR plan to life and achieve your recovery objectives. For a well-informed choice, take into account the following factors:

  • Available Services
  • Hardware Capacity
  • Bandwidth
  • Data Security
  • Ease of Use
  • Service Scalability
  • Cost
  • Reputation

In an unpredictable world, disaster recovery stands as a crucial pillar of business resilience. Recognising its significance and potential consequences allows organisations to fortify their future and maintain uninterrupted operations. Embrace disaster recovery as an indispensable facet of your business strategy to not only survive but thrive in the face of adversity.

As you assimilate these insights into your disaster recovery strategy, consider the comprehensive disaster recovery solution offered by Yotta. Our service is meticulously tailored to suit your enterprise’s IT recovery needs, providing on-demand recovery capabilities. We create custom solutions by employing a range of methods such as storage, backup, and replication, as well as diverse infrastructure options including on-premises, private, public, hybrid cloud, and hosted cloud setups.

Our aim is to minimise the impact (RPO) of disruptions and facilitate faster recovery (RTO), ensuring your business’s future is secure, come what may. Don’t leave the fate of your business to chance—take proactive steps with Yotta’s disaster recovery service to guarantee its resilience and continuity.

Sashishekhar Panda
VP and Head - Products & Services

With 16 years of rich expertise in product marketing and lifecycle management of data centers, hosting and cloud services, Sashi heads Extended & Federated Cloud Services and Infrastructure Management Services at Yotta. He has been previously associated with Reliance, Nxtra, Tata, among other companies.

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