How do you get your Organisation to be DR Ready?
By Nathan Steiner, Head of Systems Engineering ANZ, Veeam Software
Efficient and optimal business continuity in the event of a disaster is a matter of design, not default. Disaster Recovery (DR) needs investments not just in time and planning, but also in the right disaster recovery orchestrator. DR helps businesses recover quickly and ensure they are able to continue operations with minimal down time.
Nathan Steiner, Head of Systems Engineering for ANZ at Veeam lists six ways in which organisations can be DR-ready, so if disaster strikes, they can be confident that their DR plan will actually deliver.
A good DR plan accounts for every possible disaster that can occur, lists the various scenarios and outlines a set of processes to help minimise disruption to business activities if and when an out age occurs. It assigns responsibilities to employees and details the duties they need to perform to ensure the business doesn’t come to a standstill and can resume with minimal disruption to services. Effective DR planning is a function of optimal training and effectively simulating and testing recovery scenarios.
Organisations need to use a combination of automation and process innovation to drive effective simulation of repeatable recovery scenarios. They must invest in and make use of technology platforms. This will allow for the creation of a highly effective, comprehensive and simple set of simulation plans through a ‘single pane of glass’; as part of automated as well as process-driven recovery scenarios.
Smarter Business –Six Ways for Organisations to Be DR Ready
- Advanced Replication: Ensuring the simulated use of replicated backup files and data between the source and target hosts to perform recovery testing of services across on site and off site data centre infrastructures.
- Optimised Network Acceleration: Offsite replication would help manage the recovery of critical workloads in case of
a primary data centre outage. However, in order to make it effective, regular repetitive simulation is required.
Today, when companies across the globe need to be ‘Always-On’ 24x7x365, any form of downtime comes at a substantial cost. Every minute down translates into lost sales and an impact on reputation, especially if the company is engaged with customers online. In the age of round-the-clock customer service, customers’ expectations run high. It is inevitable for businesses that are available online to be always present, contactable and function optimally, even when disaster strikes. That’s why DR has become an integral component of business planning and plays a critical part in ensuring optimal business continuity.