DR Trends and why it will no longer burn a hole in your wallet!

Although 2010 wasn’t as gloomy and sluggish as 2008 and 2009 due to the recession, it wasn’t a spring-back year either. Organizations were treading the cautious path and trends report that they will continue to do so until 2012. Where does this kind of situation leave DR and BCP solutions in an organization?

Post events such as 9/11, terror threats/attacks and natural calamities that have affected us in the last decade, organizations have been focused on Disaster recovery and its importance. Only the mood in the new decade, 2010 onwards is to look at ways to get things done on a shoe-string budget. Organizations want Disaster Recovery plans and Business Continuity Planning, but at a reduced budget. This, over the past year has created a trend among market players to look at solutions and IT disaster recovery options that many not have been considered at all a couple of years ago. Some of the trends that will continue to dominate in the coming years include:

Interesting trends for this decade

Cloud Disaster Recovery
Easily, moving to the cloud is among the hottest trends in 2010 and onwards. According to the Gartner Hype Cycle report that was released in October 2010, cloud computing has reached the peak of the hype cycle and will become mainstream over the next five years. While companies are slowly moving onto the cloud, building a disaster recovery plan around the cloud is still on paper. But with the cloud grabbing the attention of both the organization as well as the solution providers, DR will emerge as a preferred point of entry into the cloud for many, as the cloud allows for experimenting in a low-risk environment.

Colocation Disaster Recovery
Outsourcing your data center is increasingly being accepted as a plausible, viable response to mitigate risk. Organizations are increasingly looking at focusing on their core competencies and outsourcing data center operations to specialists. And the trend this decade also factors in the smaller players, and not just the big organizations. Co-location of the DR environment has several advantages, especially for the SME players, including 24x7 monitoring and support, increased security etc. This is a welcome trend that will encourage smaller players to take up DR solutions that fit into their budgets.

Automating the Disaster Recovery process
Server Virtualization is a crucial part of your disaster recovery strategy. This component offers several advantages: the ability to deploy a standby IT environment at a significantly lesser cost, reduced complexity, reduced the need for lengthy recovery plans, shorter recovery times and importantly it allows repeated successful recoveries.
Yet, not all organizations are moving towards high-availability clustering and instant failover, but using virtualization and data replication together is definitely helping organizations maintain their functional recovery environments without the need to develop and maintain a lengthy disaster recovery plan.

‘On-demand’ Disaster Recovery
An innovative framework such as Disaster Recovery on Demand (Disaster Recovery Services) will prove to be a boon to organizations that are price-conscious when considering a DR solution. Disaster Recovery Services is a pioneering concept from CtrlS that enables organizations to have access to the best DR solution. This unique approach ensures significant savings by using scalable, ready to deploy private cloud architecture, depending on an organization’s requirements. Using CtrlS’ ‘On Demand DR’ approach, an organization can enjoy almost all the benefits of a full DR site at a fraction of a cost. An added advantage of this approach is the pay-as-you-use model where organizations pay for this service only when they use it, so no fixed costs.

Data Replication
Data replication is today, a definite part of any disaster recovery strategy. More and more organizations are using remote data replication as they believe this is the first thing to do. Secondly this is cost-effective. With network bandwidth being much more affordable, and with WAN optimization and more and more affordable software in the market, data replication is a trend that will ride a high wave for the next few years. But organizations must be wary of overdoing this strategy. It must concur with the business needs of the organization and data loss tolerance.

DR through handheld devices
PDAs and Smart phones are seemingly the unlikeliest tools for disaster recovery strategies, but we can expect this technology to play a more important role in DR in the coming years. With these devices becoming intertwined with our lives, professionals are increasingly using these devices instead of laptops, and accordingly service interruptions are becoming unacceptable. This is making organizations think: and the recovery priority and availability of enterprise systems that support handhelds assumes importance. The near future will definitely see several web-enabled management interfaces ported to handhelds.

Outsourcing: Makes more and more sense
With strong trends dictating the Industry movement, the case for a DR solution becomes stronger, as also does the case to outsource it to a specialist. The benefits of outsourcing DR to a specialist far outweighs attempting to do it in-house. Here’s why.

  • An outsider’s perspective: For an internal person who is engrossed in work, it might cloud their objectivity, especially while designing a DR solution. An outsider perspective always help
  • Domain Expertise: Even if you hire an internal DR solution team, their perspective is limited to the organization DR solution. Solution providers definitely gain by work on DR for several organizations, day-in, dayout. They are more on the pulse of best practices, benchmarks, innovation and what simply won’t work
  • Robust & scalable infrastructure: DR Specialists can offer robust infrastructure that is scalable and that adheres to all SAS standards etc.
  • Faster recovery times: Recovery times are almost always much faster with a DR service provider
With the benefits of outsourcing clearly outweighing any option, why is it that decision makers hesitate? Cost is a significant reason. This is where innovation from DR solution providers makes a difference. Innovative concepts such as the Disaster Recovery Services, launched by Indian-based CtrlS, attempts to curtail costs, making DR affordable.

The Disaster Recovery Services framework is a pioneering concept that will change the way enterprises look at DR. DR on Demand now ensures that you have almost the same benefits as that of a complete DR site, at a fraction of the cost. This offering extends the following benefits:
Outsourcing need not mean HIGH costs!
Contrary to what a few companies, believe outsourcing your DR requirement to a trusted partner does not mean that it will be a generic common DR strategy that will be force-fit to your organization environment, for instance one of the significant features of the Disaster Recovery Services solution is that the solution is unique and the environment is private and dedicated to customer needs.
  • Zero CAPEX
  • Organizations can get customized DR plans based on their requirements and pay only when they use the DR solution
  • Customer gets the best DR solution from a data center with BS 25999 certification
  • And, importantly, organizations can save up to 40% of the costs associated.
In a traditional approach to DR, companies invest in all hardware/software resources at DR site upfront as it’s not possible to arrange these in a few hours in the event of a disaster. This framework now guarantees stocks for most of these resources and makes them available in the event of a disaster. So the organization can store the data in DR solutions partner evaults and be able to make the DR site up and running in a few hours! A pioneering concept, Disaster Recovery Services aims to reach out to the large and medium-sized enterprises with a viable, cost-effective DR solutions proposition.

About CtrlS

With over 20,000 racks planned across India, CtrlS is the country’s first and only certified Rated 4 datacenter and is offering cutting-edge DR solutions to over a 100 large enterprises across verticals. CtrlS has invested a lot of time and effort in creating a fault tolerant datacenter which can guarantee an uptime of 99.995%, the highest in datacenter industry. To know more about Disaster Recovery Services and about CtrlS send us an email to drondemand@ctrls.in or visit www.ctrls.in


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