Hurricane Sandy Meets Data Recovery

Oct 2012

Hurricane Sandy Meets Data Recovery

Posted by Zaid Rasid

Hurricane SandyWith Hurricane Sandy hitting major cities in the North East, we are reminded of how major storms can impact our day to day lives. MSP mentor reports that MSPs (managed service providers) are busy checking in with customers who have disaster recovery plans in place. The good news is that many MSPs who operate using NOCs (Networking Operating Centers) are able transfer data from on-site premises to off-site locations for protection and recovery of business critical data via the cloud.

But what happens if your data is not in the cloud?

Well in the case of Hurricane Sandy, it is evident that a storm can wreak havoc on infrastructure. For example, there can be irreparable damage caused to machines in the data center that might have been very well susceptible to flooding or blackouts. In such cases, how long can you wait before you gain access to your business critical data? In order to ensure that your data is always secure, Asigra recommends backing up to a remote offsite data center and replicating the backup copies to a disaster recovery data center at a separate location. This can help ensure that your data is well protected and can be made available to you at all times.

If you are wary about spending additional money on new capital infrastructure to maintain a replication site, you can also configure the Asigra software to run a disaster recovery vault in rental infrastructure in the IBM SmartCloud. You can choose to maintain replicated copies of the information at one of the many geographical locations that IBM SmartCloud has facilities in.  For example, in the case of Sandy, for those business in NY or NJ, it's quite possible to have all of your critical business data backed up and fully recoverable in such locations as Arizona, South Dakota, or Toronto, and out of present danger.

We've learned some important lessons from some of the major storms that have hit parts of the US. With new and existing technology, it's easier and smarter for businesses to protect their data out of harm's way.  Using cloud backup and recovery services is one example of how you can ensure that once the storm has passed, you can resume business operations in real-time.

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Having a Backup and Recovery

Having a Backup and Recovery plan is critical these days. This recent hurricane Sandy could be a good example or lesson. Besides significant property damage, Hurricane Sandy will cost billions of dollars in lost business, and partial or complete data loss from companies' physical data-centers.

It's an unfortunate lesson to have to learn the hard way, especially this hard way. But, natural disasters like hurricanes, floods or superstorms are dramatic examples of the value of cloud solutions when it comes to resiliency in the face of a catastrophe, and the ability to recover and resume operations as quickly as possible.

Here is an article that talks about some of the ways that how cloud Technology can help rebound after the unforeseen / Sandy hurricane:

It’s a unique way to look at cloud technology, and I think you’ll find this approach more in line with running a resilient business.

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