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Disaster Recovery: Choosing The Right Provider For You

I wrote an article recently which centred on Gartner’s prediction that the Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) market would grow from $2.01B in 2017 to $3.7B by 2021. In my opinion, one of the main drivers for this rapid level of growth is the fact that it is ‘as a service’ and not the complex and expensive ‘create your own’ environment that it used to be. As a result, this has made DRaaS much more accessible to the SMB market, as well as enterprise customers. But, as the list of DRaaS solutions grows along with adoption rates, it’s important for customers to carefully consider how their choice of cloud provider should be influenced by their existing infrastructure. This will help to avoid technical challenges down the road. The Concept Of Disaster Recovery Before I delve into the......

Got Your Head In The Clouds? It Might Be Time To Look At Simpler Solutions

A recent outage at the hosting company OVH meant that many of their clients were unable to access their servers for more than 12 hours – which is a long time in the fast-paced business world, and almost an eternity for e-commerce companies. With 50,000 websites down due to the failure – caused by a leak in the water cooling system and compounded by a fault in the alerting system – many will be asking if there’s a way to avoid such problems in the future. The short answer is that there is no way to avoid it – no system is ever entirely fool-proof. A large and complex cloud environment as found at OVH can be harder to fix and restart if anything does happen. As OVH found, the restart sequence can be halted by the detection of additional faults which slow down the process. Does th......

Does Your Business Have A Robust Disaster Recovery Strategy?

Over the last year, there have been a number of incidents which have highlighted the value of disaster recovery (DR) policies. Cyber-attacks have demonstrated what can happen when a company is hacked. Air traffic control ground to a halt after, according to BA, an engineer switched off something vital in error. We’re also approaching the time of year when the weather can wreak havoc on business operations, from storms bringing down lines of communication to flooding which may limit access to an office or cause outages. SMEs Continue To Ignore Risk There are numerous reasons why you need to have disaster recovery solutions in place; still, there are many SMEs across the country that ignore the risks and keep their fingers crossed that these things won’t happen to them. For many, there is st......

Why Does Your Business Need A Disaster Recovery System?

If your business experiences a disruption which affects its ability to provide a stable service, then this can ultimately cost you time, money and resources. Potential risks and threats, such as natural disasters, are always present, but it’s how you deal with these issues when they arise that will determine the success of any business. This is where a recovery system will ensure that operations can run as smoothly as possible (without your customers even knowing) during any situation. Plan & Prepare Ask yourself if your business could function properly if the communications systems failed in your workspace. Would your customers and clients still be able to make contact with you? Would you still be able to deliver an efficient service without any delays or disruptions? If the answer is......

Clearing The Cloudiness: How Public Sector Can Achieve Cloud Success

Over the past five years, the UK has been subjected to high doses of cloud fever. Public sector organisations now face a bewildering array of cloud offerings, which if chosen carefully, can deliver major benefits. The key challenge for organisations is choosing the best options for their IT environment – whether it’s a public or private cloud – or a hybrid mix of the two. The good news is that the UK cloud market is now more mature. Assisting this is the Government’s G-Cloud initiative that includes infrastructure, platform, software and specialist cloud services. This framework now offers an effective and safe option for UK SMEs by providing stability and guarantees. The utility nature of cloud services also means that they can be funded with opex, rather than capex – which is very ......

Array Snapshots For Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery: 5 Key Considerations

Enterprises increasingly rely on array based snapshots as a critical component of their business continuity strategy. Gartner estimates that by 2016, 20% of large enterprises will abandon backup/recovery solutions using a traditional methodology and adopt those that employ only snapshot and replication techniques, up from less than 7% today (“Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup/Recovery Software”). And survey results from the Enterprise Strategy Group show that 55% of customers plan to augment their traditional backup with snapshots or replication or both. But why are organisations turning to array snapshots to ensure business continuity in virtualised environments? Array-based snapshots can provide recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs) that are unmatched by......

Risky Recovery: Gambling With DR During The Recession


When insuring the contents of their house against theft, most people hope to be spending money on a policy they’ll never have to use. The more cautious will over-pay, over-insure and over-protect, just in case the worst should happen. However after several years of paying for an insurance policy they’ve never claimed against, it’s certainly tempting to cut costs, take your chances and hope for the best – the further away people are from their last claim, the more they forget about the implications, potential consequences and the value insurance adds. In a similar way, any disaster recovery (DR) policy involves spending in order to protect against potential damage – in effect it’s insurance against a disaster that may never happen. As a consequence, some companies may be tempted to axe it c......