Disaster recovery (DR) and backup are vital processes to be recovery-ready. Yet due to IT overload, neglect or lack of funding, the data protection capabilities of many organizations leave a lot to be desired. A new Infographic by Verinext lays out some shocking disaster recovery statistics. These include the high failure rate of backups, the extreme cost of downtime to modern businesses and the growing threat of disasters due to ransomware, weather events and power outages.
Infrastructure Costs are Just the Tip of the DR Iceberg
Taking the risk out of protecting data is DR-as-a-Service (DRaaS). But risk reduction isn’t where it stops. It also reduces the cost and overhead of traditional disaster recovery. Managed DRaaS adoption means there is no need to build your own DR site to mirror the primary data center. It takes the time and effort out of backup and recovery and eliminates regular equipment refreshes. While the initial costs of DR infrastructure are often staggeringly high, what isn’t often realized is that they are just the tip of the DR iceberg. CAPEX and implementation costs only account for 20% of overall DR costs. The rest is absorbed in maintenance, hardware replacement, troubleshooting, software updates, data migration, backup, and other fees incurred over the lifespan of the equipment.
Some seek to minimize these costs by shunting anything and everything into the cloud and hoping for the best. They reason that they may never suffer from a disaster, and if one occurred, all the data dumped into the cloud would be recoverable. However, cloud data can be easily corrupted during a ransomware attack, making recovery impossible. Further, egress fees for large quantities of cloud data can be outrageous. And it can take days or even weeks to transfer that data over the network.
Disaster Avoidance is Slim
In any case, the chances of avoiding a disaster or significant downtime grow more remote each year. IDC numbers show that 93% of businesses experienced a disruption in the past year. More than two-thirds of businesses suffered four or more serious disruptions. Some of these were due to power outages and those numbers are rising. The U.S. Energy Information Agency reports that the average organization experiences power interruptions for eight hours per year.
Ransomware Makes Disaster Risk Even Higher
To make matters worse, the scourge of ransomware casts a frightening shadow across the IT landscape. Power issues used to be the number one reason for downtime and the implementation of DR actions. These days, ransomware or other malware triggers almost two-thirds of recovery events. When ransomware strikes, the consequences can be dire. Organizations get shut out of their systems, and all their data is encrypted. If they ever want to see it again, they are told they must pay a hefty ransom. Yet many who pay the money find that they are never able to recover fully. Some are even attacked shortly after by cybercriminals who retained a covert presence within their networks.
7 Benefits of DRaaS
A new Verinext solution brief, The Top Seven Benefits of DRaaS, explores more reasons to consider applying DRaaS into your overall data protection strategy including:
- Greatly Reduced Time and Effort in DR
- Lower DR Budgets
- Frequent Testing and Validated Recovery
- Ultra-Low Recovery Point Objectives
- Ultra-Low Recovery Time Objectives
- Heightened Disaster Readiness
- Multi-Cloud Protection
Discover the complete value of DRaaS with Verinext. The Verinext DRaaS Managed Service is powered by the HPE GreenLake secure edge-to-cloud platform. Leveraging the power of Zerto for ransomware protection and disaster recovery for any app, it offers the industry’s lowest RPOs and fastest RTOs. Delivering real-time protection and near-zero data loss and application downtime, the DRaaS solution supports rapid time to deployment, predictable consumption-based costs and is fully managed, 24/7 by Verinext experts to assure continuous data availability, security and recovery readiness.