7 Disaster Recovery Myths and Why your Business Demands it

Enterprises are often deceived into thinking that their homemade backup or Disaster Recovery (DR) solution will serve them well when disaster strucks and that they don’t need to invest in a DR Service. This blog post surveys the erroneous beliefs companies fall into and how they can be potentially damaging to the growth of any workplace.

  1. “We don’t need a DR since we are in the Cloud”

It’s a usual delusion that cloud providers offer separate disaster recovery services, and that the provider will ensure that your critical data and applications are backed up and are accessible all the time. That’s a false belief.

SoftLayer and Amazon Web Services Inc. openly tell their customers that they are not responsible for their data’s backup.

2. “DR is too difficult to establish and maintain”

This was true when disaster recovery first came into being and is no longer true. Since the birth of Cloud Computing concept, DR became less complex and more affordable for enterprises to implement. Small and mid-size companies can now enjoy the same technology as the big ones to backup their data.

Today’s DR is not complicated, doesn’t require high maintenance and is more cost-effective. More especially it’s easy to install and enables unlimited number of data replications.

3. “Backup and DR are the same thing”

Most companies believe that DR is not necessary since they have got a backup setup. While backup and DR share the same purpose of protecting data, their approach is far different. Data Backup takes weeks, if not longer to recover a business’s data when a disaster strucks. DR on the other hand, is designed to restore a business’s applications and data as fast as possible. A DR solution will restore your data to the point right before the problem struck with the least down time.

4. “Downtime won’t hurt my business”

Recent studies have shown that 93% of the companies that lost their data due to a disaster have gone out of business within two years. In an another survey taken in the last three months of 2015 on large, mid-size and small organizations, it has been found that 57% of them had at least one outage during that period. Losses of an outage are estimated at thousands of dollars per minute. A quality DR will ensure that your vital data and applications are backed up and are ready to function whenever a disaster strikes.

5. “DR testing is not necessary”

Constantly testing your DR will reveal how efficient your backup setup is and what’s not exactly working. Testing will prepare your business for actual disaster and any potential changes that would require a disaster recovery, so that when a disaster occurs it will actually work and maintain your business continuity. It’s important to make sure that your DR solution supports easy to manage testing drills.

6. “DR is expensive to deploy and only big companies can afford it”

Just as much big companies need DR, smaller companies need it too. Enterprises of all sizes cannot afford to lose any of their critical data. Now that most DR solutions use cloud computing to store data, cost of deploying a DR has become considerably low and companies of all sizes can enjoy its benefits.

7. “My business environment is not changing”

With everyday’s changing VPN settings, firewall configurations, IP addresses, etc. your business environment is never the same as the day before. Your DR solution should reflect your latest enterprise datacenter environment with all the latest changes.

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