Disasters hit every organization sooner or later. The cloud, combined with reliable partners, makes recovering from disasters easier than ever before.
Disasters have a tendency to happen when least expected. An organization gets hit by a data breach or ransomware that results in locked backups, an unplanned outage happens and wreaks havoc, or a natural disaster strikes and completely derails business.
We see it happen weekly and this is why it’s recommended that every organization has a well-planned and healthy disaster recovery solution in place. Not all businesses take disaster recovery as serious as they should though, only investing after a disaster happens and data is lost. While it is sometimes virtually impossible to prevent a threat actor getting through your defenses, a DRaaS (disaster recovery as a solution) plan can protect your organization from the scramble of starting from scratch.
How virtualization has changed data backup and disaster recovery
Virtualization has been a game changer for traditionally slow and expensive DR solutions. Prior to the cloud outburst, organizations would backup physical servers that are sitting in a closet somewhere with tapes and store them offsite. In some cases, enterprises would add a “hot site”, a second office that could house infrastructure and employees on a short notice, which is traditionally an expensive and slow approach. DRaaS gives an organization a total system backup that allows for business continuity from cloud resources in the event of a failure. Virtual servers are much more effective because they are stored in an offsite datacenter, disconnected from the network, that can not only restore servers but also initialize them and operate just like you would in a matter of minutes. This cloud integration has minimized the impact of data disruption from data breaches and system failures.
Effective partners that help organizations maximize their system protection and confidence in DR
Managed services providers, like Magna5, partner with leading DR technology vendors to ensure that organizations have coherent DR plans that will protect and ensure business continuity in the case of an emergency. Magna5 works with Commvault, who was just named for a second time in a row a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Data center backup and recovery solutions. The Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice distinction is based on both the number of reviews and the overall user rating across a 12-month period. This information is very insightful for finding value in technology choices, especially when used in conjunction with Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions, which Commvault has been placed as a leader for 7 years in a row.
Expertise, 24/7/365 support, and customer service bundled with ground breaking technology can ensure that organizations are taking proper precautions against the unknown in 2019. We have asked Zach Cameron, Magna5’s Cloud Services Manager, a few questions about cloud adoption and disaster recovery projections for 2019.
What trends do you foresee for 2019 in cloud or BDR (backup and disaster recovery)?
“As more workloads move onto IT infrastructure, downtime whether in the cloud or on-premises is going to become more expensive and impactful. The need for faster recovery and a well-defined disaster recovery plan is going to continue to grow as organizations rely on IT systems more. I foresee more customers leveraging offsite recovery locations that can provide faster RPOs (Recovery Point Objectives) and RTOs (Recovery Time Objectives), whether in a public or private cloud.”
What do you think is the biggest threat to an organization’s business continuity in 2019?
“I think that the growing threat landscape will continue to be a threat for business continuity in 2019. Threats naturally evolve as organizations learn how to defend against them. As security breach tactics continue to sophisticate, organizations will need to develop strong backup and disaster recovery plans. I also think that untested recovery procedures will negatively impact business continuity in 2019. Organizations often think that once they have a data backup plan in place, they never need to confirm it is actually working. We’ve seen countless organizations attempt to recover from a disaster and their backups fail, leaving them with lost data and countless hours of downtime. Testing your backup and disaster recovery plan can ensure that your data backup solution will work efficiently with zero data loss in a time of need.”
What advice do you have for organizations that plan to move their data to the cloud in 2019?
“Take time to understand the pros and cons of the many different cloud offerings that are on the market and align them with your organizational goals. It is important to speak with an expert to understand the full migration process and be able to properly set expectations your staff while you are going through the migration process.”
How do Managed Service Providers, like Magna5, make it easier for businesses to adopt cloud services?
“Managed services providers have 24/7/365 teams that have expertise in cloud migrations. They are trained and certified in cloud technologies and work with them every single day. When an organization partners with Magna5, they can rely on their expertise and solutions to make an on-premises to cloud migration seamless and less time consuming for the customer.”
If you are in need of a cloud migration or data backup/disaster recovery solution, contact Magna5 for more information.