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August 03, 2016

4 Rules for Keeping Business Up when Data Goes Down

How will you respond to downtime and outages?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we knew exactly when disaster would strike? Although many data center owners have sought ways to do just that, none have been successful. Whether it’s a natural disaster, malicious interference or unintentional human error, downtime and outages strike in ways that cannot be predicted. The result is that 43% of organizations that experience substantial data loss from unplanned outages shut down for good. Luckily, with a Disaster Recovery plan in place, the damage your business incurs when disaster does come can be mitigated.

Here are four rules for keeping your business up when your data and applications go down.

1. Acknowledge the Potential for System Failure

Both physical and virtual storage fall victim to downtime and outages. Although technology is more resilient than ever, it is still not invincible. Denying that your system, like all systems, is at risk and failing to prepare for the worst possible scenario will be a costly mistake.  Businesses who acknowledge and anticipate risk are more likely to survive unplanned outages. In fact, businesses who leverage a cloud-based Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution experience 1/5 the financial impact of users of in-house recovery infrastructures.

2. Prepare for Anything 

Leave no stone unturned when testing your disaster recovery plan. If you are developing a new plan, test for every possible hole or error that could occur. If you already have a plan in place, you should be reviewing and revising your disaster recovery plan at least quarterly. Once crisis hits, there isn’t time for “what-ifs.” Testing your what-ifs while your systems are operating normally will enable you to recovery more quickly.

Not sure where to start developing a plan, or what you should be testing for? Selecting a DRaaS provider to help you could result in 50% fewer instances of downtime and recovering almost 3x faster from an event.

3. Leverage the Cloud

Cloud-based DR removes the need for and cost of duplicate infrastructure, as well as the concerns for how quickly you can access a remote data center when things go wrong. Replication solutions install directly into your existing infrastructure seamlessly and without disrupting the configuration of your data environment. The ability to replicate between different technologies also extends the life of older assets. Investing in DRaaS, on average, leads to 40% savings on storage costs and 60% savings on operational expenses.

4. Automate and/or Outsource

Overhead costs are steep, especially when you’re using in-house resources to cover all the tasks needed to keep your data and applications performing optimally. Even if you could afford to have your IT staff on-call in the event of a disaster, their ability to respond is dependent on the accessibility of the data center. By automating your DR plan, you can start responding to events even if the physical data center is inaccessible.

To learn more about QTS and our comprehensive suite of data center products and services, download the "Data Solved" whitepaper.

Even better, by outsourcing to a third-party DR service provider, like QTS, you reduce the cost of having in-house IT staff available. QTS DRaaS leads the industry with the lowest level of recovery time objectives. We completely manage your DR systems, allowing you to focus on business goals and innovation. In the event of an emergency, QTS Cloud engineers are available to advise you and manage your DRaaS remotely.

Interested in learning more about QTS DRaaS powered by Zerto and how it can help you? Download our whitepaper, “A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery.”