Disaster recovery is the process and methodology by which a company regains access to its IT infrastructure after a disaster. Disasters can be caused naturally (i.e. Earthquake, Wind, Fire, etc.), or by equipment failure (storage drive failure, server failure, power outage, internet outage, etc.) or by Cyber terrorism (disgruntled employee, Malware, Ransomware, etc.). Whatever the cause, the result is the same: the IT infrastructure goes down, it must be mitigated and recovered to maintain business continuity.

Due to recent advances in immutable snapshot technology, companies that provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) can now provide DRaaS as an affordable option for mid-market Enterprise. Nfina’s implementation of DR successfully implements the recovery portion of the NIST Cyber-Security Standard.

When a company writes data to a cloud service provider that offers backup services in a managed data center, it is considered Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). As part of DRaaS, the clients’ servers and applications are spun up for continuous operation in the event of a disaster, while the servers and storage resources are provided. 

How are DR & DRaaS implemented?

Disaster recovery relies upon the geographic redundant replication of data far enough away from the primary site so as not to be affected by the disaster. In most instances, 600-1000 miles away is often recommended as a best practice for this purpose. When the infrastructure goes down (for whatever the reason), the business needs to recover lost data from a second location where the data is backed up.

A backup is a very crude form of disaster recovery, but its RPO (Recovery Point Objective) is usually insufficient for most organizations to avoid financial losses. This is because the typical backup schemes are very compute and I/O intensive and can only be run daily (typically after hours) and will result in subsequent data loss (up to 24 hours) if restoration is necessary.

For a disaster recovery process to work efficiently and minimize data loss, the system should be designed to duplicate compute and storage resources and keep them synchronized with an active-active replication scheme to minimize downtime. This active-active scheme must also be reversable to maintain maximum protection while running out of the DR site.

Types of DRaaS

Managed DRaaS entails a third party taking the reins when it comes to disaster recovery, while staying in close contact with their provider to keep up with any infrastructure, application or services changes.  

Assisted DRaaS is ideal for those who wish to retain some responsibility for their DR plan, or for those with specialized applications which may be difficult to manage by another entity.  

Self-service DRaaS is an economical choice but requires meticulous planning and testing in order to guarantee smooth failover in the event of a catastrophe – this option is best suited for organisations equipped with knowledgeable experts on the matter. 

Cost of Downtime

The average downtime that organizations are experiencing is on the rise. Recent reports show a 16x increase. Recent surveys show that 91% of the polled IT executives estimate average downtime of the IT ecosystem to be $300,000/hr, and 44% of those surveyed say its over $1M/hr for their respective companies.

Since downtime is so expensive to bottom line, doesn’t it make sense to go beyond the traditional once a day backup and implement a true active-active business continuity plan?

DRaaS at Nfina

Typically, a group of highly qualified technical staff members at Nfina will meet with the client to explore the current IT Ecosystem and propose a Disaster Recovery solution. The data exchanged usually includes a copy of the results from running the application RVTools. RVTools is a Windows .NET application which uses VMware vSphere Management SDK and CIS REST API to display detailed information regarding the customers IT Ecosystem.

Nfina Technologies proposes putting a price on the disruption and lost productivity that comes from data outages. Consider how many employees you have – fifty, two-hundred, or one-thousand? Take into account the difficulty of completing basic tasks like shipping orders, creating estimates, and scheduling appointments when your data is cut off from your business. Additionally, consider any clients you may have lost who went to competitors during an outage. Figuring out these costs can help you plan for Disaster Recovery moving forward. 

Once the information is obtained about the clients compute and storage environment, an offsite active-active quote is formulated to implement the DRasS solution.

As the importance and value of data grow, being ready to protect and recover it is vital. Nfina’s Hybrid Cloud Solutions are designed to prevent downtime and provide the essentials to protect your business data and recover from a disaster. 

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Nfina’s Hybrid Cloud and Hyperconverged solutions provide energy efficiency by using high-density, lower-power VMs enabling our customers to scale their digital transformations sustainably by optimizing space, reducing power consumption, and lowering cooling and maintenance costs. Nfina is taking a leadership role in doing what it takes to tackle climate change.

Nfina has been carbon neutral for our operations since opening in 2012.