Many Independent studies still show only a small portion of SMEs have a business continuity plan in place, compared to large enterprise organisations and the SMEs that do are deterred from testing annually due to the lack of confidence in their DR solution, compounded by their ever increasing workloads.
We are all too familiar with Disaster recovery traditionally being prohibitively expensive for SMEs, especially when having to invest in a second data centre facility composed of expensive, under utilised infrastructure and when facing a laborious task of resurrecting anything resembling the original production environment.
Whilst it’s common to still find that SMEs are less likely to have a BCP than larger businesses, what is a worry is that this trend remains unchanged despite the new affordable ways to deliver DR and BC in this new age.
Unfortunately we are still seeing organisations realising the value of a robust DR solution following a prolonged outage or substantial data loss, which is no different than considering taking house insurance after a burglary!
Cloud computing has however made the technology for IT disaster recovery available to all and with the wholesale adoption of Virtualisation, now provides businesses with the option to replicate and protect business critical workloads with guarantees and peace of mind, that can be tested monthly, which was not so long ago impossible to undertake.
New age Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solutions, which protect on-premise virtual machines through continues replication of data, enable businesses to protect machines and applications on an individual basis, offering granularity of protection.
Some DRaaS Solutions on the market today also offer self-service failover and failback, having the capability to deliver ultimate flexibility around Recovery Point (RPO) and Recovery Time (RTO) Objectives, both critical elements of DR Planning. This enables businesses to invoke partial or all workloads in the event of a disaster, were they can reside for a temporary period (usually 30 days) without accruing further charge, providing value breathing space to resurrect on-premise systems and return to business-as-usual.
Having this type of agnostic service also enables businesses that are acquiring or merging, to take full advantage of protecting the additional workloads which is usually scalable at short notice, without the need for significant additional investment traditionally associated with an on-premise solution.
More interesting, businesses that were once nervous of running critical business applications from the cloud have invoked in light of a disaster quickly realising the true potential of cloud by opting to reside in the DR environment permanently.
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