Yesterday, while at the office, I was working on the internet. As usual I was doing research, client system inspections, project management, all of those usual things a day encompasses. However, at 9:47 PM, I was unable to send email. I received error messages from the MS Exchange Server indicating email was not being processed. The error message told me email would not arrive at my recipient's inbox. We discovered the error was due to an unreachable internet connection. Which was strange given we upgraded to a faster and more robust platform the week before.
The following are considerations and resources to help you prepare in case you do not have expert ERP support 24 hours a day:
- Gartner estimates that only 35 percent of SMBs have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan in place.
- International Data Corp. estimates that companies lose an average of $84,000 for every hour of downtime.
- According to Strategic Research, the cost of downtime is estimated at close to $90,000 per hour.
- According to a recent NFIB National Small Business Poll, man-made disasters affect 10% of small businesses, whereas natural disasters have impacted more than 30% of all small businesses in the USA. Hurricanes are by far the most destructive force causing power failure, flooding, customer loss, and the closure of many businesses.
- According to a recent Touche Ross study, the survival rate for companies without a disaster recovery plan is less than 10%!
- According to analyst firm IDC, about 70% of all successful attacks on computer networks were carried out by employees and insiders.
Disaster Recovery Plan Key Capabilities and Features:
- Push-Button Failover
- Bare-Metal Recovery
- Integrated Data Replication
- Easy Off-Site Recovery
Feature to Look For:
- Push-Button Failover for Physical and Virtual Machines
- Push-Button Disaster Recovery Testing
- Bare-Metal Server Recovery
- Mountable Server Snapshots
With these statistics, here are additional resources to start building your DRP plan as quickly as possible. The national weather institute says El Nino is coming, and we may not be prepared for events of rain, road closures, power outages, and other outcomes from natural disasters.
Another possibility is SaaS. It only makes sense that disaster recovery and the Software-as-a-Service delivery model would come together. There’s no more crucial solution category right now for IT than DR, and there’s no more rapidly growing way of delivering solutions than a service-based, off-premises model. But how well do DR and SaaS come together to form DRaaS? What is the future for DRaaS in IT departments? And which vendors are leading the charge for this new concept? Find out in an upcoming article from EnterpriseWise.