There are a few things that can be as damaging to a company as IT disasters. Whether it be server corruption, data center failures or cyber-attacks, an IT issue of this nature can have huge ramifications for your business.
Over the years we’ve seen more and more businesses impacted by IT disasters and even national institutions such as the NHS being impacted. In 2017 they were a victim of the WannaCry outbreak which cost the UK a massive £92 million.
Yet despite the seriousness of IT disasters, according to research by ITPRo, 50% of UK businesses are putting their data at risk with their lack of disaster recovery plans. Even more worryingly, 17% of all businesses do not back up their data at all.
With increasing risks and a lack of solutions in place, businesses are starting to put more of a focus on disaster recovery. Cloud based solutions are increasingly popular in this area as they are not just a replica of current physical set up but a separate, more secure and often cheaper way to implement.
CloudEndure has the backing of AWS, the largest cloud provider in the world, and so is a solution that we have become very familiar with at 3Gi.
What is IT Disaster Recovery?
Simply put, IT disaster recovery is a business’s plan for regaining control over its IT infrastructure after it has been damaged. This damage could be from something as simple as a power outage or as complex as server corruption.
From a personnel standpoint, disaster recovery is normally made up of a team of people within the organisation who are ready to deal with the situation. This can include people who will deal with crisis management, business continuity and impact assessment etc.
Meanwhile from a technical standpoint, IT Disaster solutions, such as AWS CloudEndure, can be put in place to protect files and reduce downtime or data loss.
Ultimately, the 2 key benefits of any IT disaster recovery plan will be faster recovery and cost savings.
What is CloudEndure?
CloudEndure is a cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution specifically designed for IT disaster recovery. Powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), it uses an innovative workload mobility technology that replicates applications to a “staging area” from cloud, virtual or physical infrastructure.
This continuous replication means that up-to-date copies of applications can accesses and functional in a matter of minutes. CloudEndure disaster recovery is most commonly used by businesses to replicate their more critical databases and enterprise applications. This allows for almost continuous work in key areas during any disaster.
Benefits of CloudEndure
Having partnered with AWS for a number of years before being fully brought into the Amazon group, CloudEndure is one of the most trusted disaster recovery providers. Here are some of the key benefits of their solution:
Workflow Continuity – One of the most important things during an IT crisis is being able to continue working. CloudEndure ensures continuity by running in the background and not directly impacting system performance or requiring a system reboot.
Ransomware Protection – During a ransomware attack, the disaster recovery solution can be used to launch an uncorrupted version of servers. This means you can roll back to a safe point pre-attack and therefore minimise the impact and return to regular operations.
Reduced Data Loss – Many disaster recovery solutions use snapshot technology that updates at infrequent periods. Depending on when the crisis occurs and when the latest update was, this can leave a gap of hours, days or even weeks. CloudEndure uses asynchronous replication meaning it is continuously updated, reducing the risk of a data blackout period.
Support for Key Areas – CloudEndure offers support for any infrastructure. It can be used for Oracle, MySQL and Microsoft SQL etc. and applications such as SAP. With this one solution, you don’t need to purchase multiple application specific tools.
Reduced Cost – One of the main features that stand CloudEndure apart from other providers is the fact it uses a low-cost staging area within AWS. This means there is no need for costly duplication of IT hardware, software and storage etc.
Setting Up Disaster Recovery
With the increasing threat of cyber-attacks and business reliance of IT and data, disaster recovery should be high on the priority list for most businesses. If you haven’t already, you should appoint someone internally to lead on IT recovery and coordinate a team to manage any potential crisis.
From a technical point of view, investing in a solution like CloudEndure could add that additional level of reassurance. If you’d like to know more about this solution and discuss whether or not it might be right for your business, why not speak to us today.