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Hurricane Preparedness: Disaster Recovery Planning for Resilient IT

September 10, 2019

A recent IDC and Zerto survey estimates that as many as 50% of organizations could not survive a disaster event, with 91% of respondents experiencing a tech-related business disruption in the past two 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.

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:

1. Non-disruptive IT Resilience testing. Zerto customers can test their IT Resilience plan at any time so they know it will work in the event of a hurricane or ANY other disaster. During the test, replication is still happening and the environment is still protected. Production doesn’t need to be taken offline and the applications are still available. Plan to test quarterly, or even monthly, and map potential threats to the best response. Solidify testing protocols and write test procedures and schedules, then communicate the test plans with IT management and LOB stakeholders. Establishing a game plan before the storm happens will give you the confidence that you can be resilient and back up and running in the face of a disruption.

2. Study the clouds.No, really! IT buyers are steadily shifting toward cloud-first strategies and are re-evaluating their IT best practices to embrace hybrid and multi-cloud scenarios. The ability to integrate and manage data across environments is a fundamental requirement for operating not just as an IT group, but also as a business. An added bonus is that it allows companies in areas prone to seasonal-type weather to move data out of harm’s way. Woodforest National Bank, located in Texas, migrates its entire infrastructure proactively at the beginning of hurricane season and back six months later. This disaster avoidance strategy helps it to overcome any weather that may blow its way and protects its most critical financial applications.

3. Execute the plan from anywhere. With a web-based interface, the IT team is not trapped in the data center that could be impacted by that storm. Failovers can be executed from a tablet in advance of the impending event, from your home, so you can be sure that your loved ones are safe. See how Spirit Airlines adjusted and relocated its operations on short notice during Hurricane Irma, ensuring its business continued to run smoothly—even when a natural disaster strikes—allowing them to minimize disruptions for its customers and employees.

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.


**REMINDER FOR CURRENT CUSTOMERS

Now that Hurricane Dorian is making its way up the east coast, we wanted to take the opportunity to remind our customers that we offer elevated support during hurricanes and other severe weather.

If you are a Zerto customer, please let us know if you need any help from our team regarding Dorian or any other natural disaster. We’re always standing by to assist you and want to ensure you’re able to minimize the weather-related impact during and after any event.

If you haven’t tested failover recently, non-disruptively, we encourage you to test regularly to ensure that if you were to initiate a live failover that everything will go according to plan.

As a reminder, there are three ways to contact support should you need our help: