A Multi-Angled Approach
Disaster recovery is something that has become more integral to operations become more continuous. Remaining competitive as an enterprise requires uninterrupted service throughout the year, day and night. The more your systems run, the greater the chance for error, exception, or other downtime-facilitating agents. A “disaster” may not necessarily be a hurricane, earthquake, or heat wave. It could be a new intern who pushes the wrong button in the server room and forces a system-wide reboot. Such a thing would cause downtime.
Downtime is very expensive. It will be more expensive depending on the size of your business. One estimate has 98% of organizations saying a single hour of downtime costs $100,000 or more. Organizations polled must have been larger than traditional SMBs, but even at a conservative $10,000 per hour, the time adds up through the year. If you experience just one cumulative hour every week, that’s 52 hours a year and comes out to $520,000.
If you can cut that in half, you’ll save $260,000 annually at $10,000 per hour. At $100,000 an hour, that bumps up into the millions. Even cutting minutes from every hour will save thousands annually. Especially in a turbulent economy, a business needs to have cost-effective solutions. One way to do that is through redundant “mirrored” cloud platforms which can be set to launch even as a network is winding down. Automatic protocols can be instituted that kick in such a mirrored system automatically, saving additional time.
Specific Areas of Optimization
When it comes to system crashes or other disasters, you’re going to have two things that specifically benefit from a cutting-edge disaster recovery solution: RTO and RPO, which stands for Recovery Time Objective and Recovery Point Objective.
A tech company providing DR and BDR (Backup and Data Recovery) solutions will usually have a Service License Agreement (SLA) in place and feature an RTO objective. This objective represents the length of time from the disaster to recovery that such an IT company must meet to avoid SLA-related penalties.
RPO, meanwhile, refers to the recovery time necessary for a singular application, program, or a specific echelon of service to be resurrected. If you can reduce the window of RTO and RPO, you can conserve resources lost from downtime. There are some DR and BDR solutions which are more expedient than previously possible.
A Shifting Reality
Downtime is not a matter of “if,” but “when.” It doesn’t matter how advanced computer systems are. In the future, a mixture of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and likely cybernetic nano-machine tech will still be silhouetted in downtime. Remote server arrays the size of a skyscraper will occasionally have an energy kerfuffle, and failover systems will be needed to pick up the pieces. But what’s needed now, what was needed in the past, and what will be needed in the future are all different matters. Tech is continuously advancing, and you need cutting edge BDR for the most cohesive, reliable, sustainable support.
Disaster recovery through Idealstor can decrease RTO and RPO windows while simultaneously providing cutting edge backup support. Contact us to safeguard your systems and reduce downtime expenses during an emergency.