April 18, 2016

Disaster Recovery Now a Top Enterprise Priority

As the digital era has progressed, enterprise decision-makers have gradually developed more involved methods of risk management to account for the sprawling IT infrastructures now found in nearly every operation. With more data, applications and hardware appliances to manage and maintain, it’s easy to see why organizations are investing more than ever in the protection of these assets, and why disaster recovery solutions are gaining traction as one of the most important aspects of IT strategy at large.

Affirming this focus on recovery technologies, a recent report from Markets and Markets revealed that this segment is predicted to experience an incredible compound annual growth rate of nearly 53 percent, expanding from $1.42 billion in 2015 to $11.92 billion in 2020. It’s clear that DR solutions are fast on the rise. So, what can business leaders do to maximize the impact of their investments and ensure total network resilience?

“It’s clear that disaster recovery solutions are fast on the rise.”

Identify major sources of risk: Many organizations funnel cash into a DR strategy without a clear idea of the risk factors typically associated with these technologies. This leaves a business prone to making poorly calibrated investments and wasting precious resources. A company should make risk identification its first mission, as this will ensure that any and all solutions will be leveraged with tangible purpose, rather than with blind faith. Of course, factors such as an organization’s size, industry and staff member behavior will all impact the risk vectors affecting the operation.

However, there are a handful of universal hazards that disaster recovery plans are meant to address. For instance, according to IT Business Edge, the 2014 State of Global Disaster Recovery Preparedness report found that “the cost of losing business-critical applications to outages can be as high as $5,000 a minute,” meaning that fast-acting and precise restoration tools should be utilized by any organization running high-powered enterprise software.

Maintain an intelligent WAN: Comprehensive recovery is key when creating a continuity plan for any facet of a business, and as any experienced IT leader knows, overlooking even a single application or database can be a huge source of frustration when it comes time to bring an infrastructure back online. To ensure that the complete spectrum of apps, storage assets and telecom resources are ready to spring into action following an outage, administrators must employ an intelligent WAN that offers clarity into every corner of the infrastructure.

Data loss, network outages and other risk factors must be combated with disaster recovery solutions.

As an article from Manufacturing.net pointed out, virtualization techniques are key to maximizing network transparency from an administrative perspective, creating a software-defined interface for assets such as “a hardware platform, operating system, storage device or computer network resource.” Taking a virtualized approach to IT management not only streamlines many of the day-to-day processes for which tech teams are responsible, but also accelerates and simplifies disaster recovery procedures when it comes time to restore critical functions.

Leverage direct cloud connections: While most organizations have incorporated cloud computing solutions into their IT arsenals, many companies have forgotten that these off-premise resources require their own disaster recovery profiles in order to remain protected against risks such as data loss and network downtime. Even if an organization only has a few applications in the cloud, it must ensure that these environments are prepared for restoration if a worst-case scenario strikes. Under no circumstances should these assets be viewed as secondary.

That’s why smart business leaders are fortifying cloud DR with programs such as AWS Direct Connect, which links a company to the cloud with a dedicated fiber connection. This strengthens network resilience and quickens restorative processes in the event of a crisis.

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