Every business that hosts data or applications in the Cloud, must ensure that these resources are protected in the event of downtime. Disaster Recovery allows organisations to maintain or quickly resume mission critical functions following an Outage. There are two key elements to business continuity and disaster recovery, the first is the recovery of mission critical applications and the other is limiting the length of downtime for your business.
Due in part to the move to the Cloud, there has been a rise in the adoption of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery solutions. Quick recovery to normal working conditions is essential. As companies become more reliant on their Cloud based systems, they are realising that they can no longer afford ant significant downtime, especially with business critical systems. The risks associated with the lack a DR plan in today's business climate are more serious than ever before and can cripple even the most robust organisations. Organisations are realising that DR strategies are not limited to natural disasters but should include protection against malicious attack and human error. Some of the most common causes of outages now are caused by power outages and human errors as opposed to natural disasters.
The Cost of Downtime
With the pace of modern business, just a minute of downtime cripple a business. The cost per minute of downtime is estimated to run up to €6,830. While these numbers vary, the average downtime is 119 minutes, which is a long time when your EPOS, accounting or CRM is not functioning. According to IDC the direct costs of outages are between one and two billion Euros per annum. Downtime can have more than just financial implications, outages can damage your brand image and the career of the person at fault for the outage. The finance sector in the UK has been the latest victim, with the bank in question losing hundreds of clients and decimating the established trust it once enjoyed.
Trends in Disaster Recovery
In recent years, there has been a move towards greater automation, better risk assessment and mitigation and earlier detection of issues. According to research by KPMG in 2018, 60% of CTOs have implemented or expect to implement intelligent automation in 2019. If your business continuity procedures are performed manually, then you are leaving your business wide open to down time due to human error. This move towards increased robotic process automation technology reduces the need for human interaction, thereby reducing errors. It also moves away from the reliance on key staff who may not always be available. This improves both accuracy and compliance with a relatively modest financial investment, compared with other major IT deployments.
Using a service such as Microsoft Azure increases compliance due to the huge security investment and compliance requirements. Microsoft now has a network of datacentres worldwide, ensuring that there is a network of datacentres which can be used for failover and business continuity.
Reduced Costs of DR
Traditionally, organisations have a DR process in place for critical applications but find it costly to maintain the hardware and software to protect all their workloads when disaster occurs. Organisations are realising that all applications are not equal and it is expensive to recover all applications simultaneously. As a result, we are seeing more organisations prioritising key applications in the first instance. There is also a concerted effort to move most, if not all data and applications to a Cloud based solution as a result of the costly cycle of upgrades and security.
Reliable business continuity solutions can be expensive however the move towards automation and cloud innovation has driven the cost of DR down to fraction of previous costs while maintaining reliability. Cost reductions can be found in modern cloud-based DR environments save the need to invest in separate development and test environments. Using a cloud service for BC and DR such as Microsoft Azure provides a pay-per-usage fee. There is no need to purchase additional hardware, no secondary site costs and you only pay for what you use and scale up accordingly. DR environments can mirror production systems so closely that many of our customers are now using them to test upgrades and patches, before going live into production.
The Ideal DR Solution
The ideal solution needs to be cost effective but secure and reliable at the same time. To protect your business from the occurrence of a disaster you need an application that delivers continuity, so the business can still operate as normal. Organisations need 24/7 monitoring and available processes to get the business back online – something which automation can handle effectively.
The solution also needs to be secure so as that any data stored in the system is not lost or stolen in the event of a disaster. There needs to be a rigorous testing schedule, to ensure that the solution is always meeting your DR requirements.
The solution should be flexible to enable the organisation to increase or decrease demand, without the need for a large, fixed, multi datacenter infrastructure.
DRaaS from Auxilion
At Auxilion we combine the security of Azure and site Recovery with our 24x7x365 remote monitoring and management service including scheduled DR testing to give you real peace of mind. Our customers pay for what they use which ensures value for money. We also offer comprehensive support hours in addition to the automated processes in place. This ensures your business can continue during both planned and unplanned outages by leveraging the resilience of the global Azure footprint and Auxilion’s award winning ISO20000-accredited 24x7 support service.
1) IDC Survey: Downtime Costs Large Companies Billions, Feb. 2015