A recent IDC and Zerto survey showed that over 90% of respondents don’t consider their organization to be IT resilient, and nearly half have suffered an unrecoverable data event in the last three years. With the regular occurrence of data breaches and cyber-attacks on most people’s radar, the devastating impact that natural disasters can bring, such as hurricane season, only adds another barrier to overcoming these statistics.
When a natural disaster occurs (hurricane, monsoon, flooding, tornado, etc), many IT teams panic. They wonder, when was the last time we tested our IT Resilience plan? Did it work? Where is the binder with the fully documented process? Has it been updated to reflect the new storage? Applications? Is our backup reliable enough?
Some IT Resilience solutions don’t make it easy to test the plan. Typically, the plan is many pages long, complicated, and requires many different people to execute it fully. Extensive situations, like flooding and hurricanes, mean the IT team needs to stay in the datacenter for the duration of the event, just in case they need to start the cumbersome failover and recovery process.
At Zerto, we have helped hundreds of customers prepare for and overcome the impact of weather on IT and businesses. Here are a few guiding principles to help you prepare ahead of the next storm:
Businesses can never be quite sure when a storm will hit. In the event of a disaster, businesses need a backup solution as part of the disaster recovery plan that works down to the last second, to ensure valuable work is not lost as a result of any disruption. The Zerto IT Resilience Platform enables disaster recovery and backup that is based on continuous data protection, which takes this worry out of a disaster recovery plan and being able to manage it all from a single platform keeps it simple.
The watchword for hurricane season is always preparation. Investing in the right IT resilience tools for backup and disaster recovery will guide these preparation principles, provide peace of mind and enable businesses to withstand whatever weather comes their way.