Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery
Although disasters of the magnitude of Buncefield Oil Depot (December 2005) do occur and due to their spectacular nature are well reported, the chances of such a disaster happening to your business are slim. This does not mean that major disaster recovery should not be considered, but it’s more likely to be encountered by your business as a lesser incident that you will need to recover from in an unspectacular way.
Incidents can cover a plethora of scenarios of differing magnitudes including: simple power failure, prolonged loss of power, a local incident preventing access to premises, fire, flood, health epidemic.
A European survey* found that it is not the extraordinary that creates problems. The three most common causes of data loss and downtime are: hardware failure (61%), power failure (42%) and data corruption (35%). Only 7% of systems downtime or data loss was from a natural disaster.
The ultimate goal is for your business to continue to service the needs of your customers at a level that will ensure long term viability.
We are constantly told prevention is better than cure, and this is no different in the world of IT systems. Disaster Recovery (DR) is only part of a Business Continuity strategy, so you need to look at the bigger Business Continuity picture before focusing on DR.
Consider these two acronyms and quantify them for your business:
- Recovery Time Objective (RTO) - the time the business can tolerate being without the service
- Recovery Point Objective (RPO) - the point in time the business would find acceptable to fall back to, if a problem occurred
Somewhere in the range from completely replicating the business on the other side of the world to doing nothing, there is an appropriate solution for any business, to meet your specific needs.
EACS has a history of deploying cost-effective solutions covering all levels of Business Continuity requirements. From providing continuous availability servers offering zero downtime and uninterrupted processing with no loss of user service in your local environment, through midrange clustering style, failover solutions offering high - but not continuous – availability, to offsite managed hosting of replicated servers for more serious incident recovery.
Increasingly, virtualisation solutions are playing a part in enabling DR solutions and a combination of the appropriate technologies from EACS can provide your business with a highly effective Business Continuity strategy at reasonable cost.
EACS recently won the Datacentre Solution of the Year category at the European IT Excellence Awards 2012. This was for a solution, using technologies from VMware and NetApp, which was deployed at The East of England Co-operative Society. The Society now has highly resilient business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities.
Video Case Studies
A Virtualised Infrastructure for The East of England Co-operative Society
CHS Group - Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity
If you would like to work with an award winning company to ensure your systems can recover in the event of a disaster, then contact EACS.
*Source: EMC’s European Disaster Recovery Survey 2011: Data Today Gone Tomorrow, How Well Companies Are Poised For IT Recovery http://www.continuitycentral.com/news06044.html