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Is a Hybrid Disaster Recovery Solution the Best Choice for IT Pro’s ?

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Disaster Recovery in a digital era is a hot topic. In our hyper-competitive economy, almost every company in the world, large and small, has some form of IT backup in place. What’s interesting, however, is the cloud-based approach many take to disaster recovery (DR) given the wide variety of outages that arguably require different methods of recovery. For example, it’s often more efficient to use on-site DR for single-system issues such as an OS crash or hardware failure (which cause 45% of all IT outages), where instantly diverting off-site would be comparative to visiting the A&E for a papercut. On the other hand, natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and fires, do require an off-site approach. So, what’s best for your business? There are merits to the  technical aspects of using the best of both worlds: Hybrid DR.  Here we delve into the detail of this key question: Is a Hybrid DR solution the best choice for IT Pro’s?

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Versatility is no longer a “nice to have”

It’s clear the move to cloud for backup and DR isn’t going away, with Gartner predicting that 80% of enterprises will close their traditional data centres by 2025. That said, there’s been a noticeable wave of cloud repatriation, supported by an IDC survey which found many companies have plans to return to traditional on-premises, non-cloud environments, or to an on-premises private cloud or hosted private cloud.These findings are consistent with a recent Arcserve study that suggests the growing need for a more versatile DR strategy. According to a recent independent survey of 759 global IT decision makers, Arcserve found the most commonly used backup method is still disk-to-disk-to-cloud (D2D2C), yet 45% plan to deploy cloud for some or most of their data in the next year. Essentially, companies aren’t moving to the cloud just because they think they need to be there. Instead, they’re looking to move when it makes the most sense to do so. In short, they’re looking to deploy a hybrid approach to DR.

Why do we rate these Arcserve findings?

For more than 30 years, Arcserve has been a catalyst for IT transformation by redefining how organisations all over the world protect their priceless digital assets. As an approved partner of Arcserve, Net-Defence works closely with their research team to ensure our clients are kept informed of evolving threat in a digital era and the best security IT solutions.

What’s stopping more companies form using Hybrid DR solutions?

If it’s evident that hybrid DR is the most versatile strategy, you may be wondering why most companies don’t implement it across their IT infrastructures. There are two common reason for this:  it’s often highly expensive and extraordinarily complex to do it yourself.Take, for example, the typical modern infrastructure which consists of mission-critical, business-critical, and secondary data and systems across a wide range of storage. Each tier requires a different level of application availability ranging from real-time replication to long-term retention. But if you consider just the systems that require DR, you’re still looking – in most cases – at a disjointed set of tools that ultimately form a risky patching system and multiple points of failure.

Net-Defence Arcserve Hybrid DR SolutionsNow, if you add in the other tiers, you’d need at least 10 tools and vendors:

  1. DR software
  2. DR server/storage for spinning up VMs
  3. DR hypervisor
  4. DRaaS vendor/platform
  5. Backup software
  6. Backup storage
  7. BaaS vendor/platform
  8. High Availability (HA) software
  9. HA Replica server hardware vendor
  10. HA Replica hypervisor
  11. More?…

The reality is most companies cannot afford, nor do they have the in-house expertise, to build a holistic strategy, let alone one that incorporates both on-site and off-site DR.That’s where Net-Defence and Arcserve come in.

Net-Defence Arcserve Hybrid DR solutions

The reality is most companies cannot afford, nor do they have the in-house expertise, to build a holistic strategy, let alone one that incorporates both on-site and off-site DR.

Simplifying at scale: on-appliance backup and disaster recovery is available

We were recently told by one of our analyst friends that now, more than ever, companies need an easier transition to cloud; one that doesn’t require a DIY project that so often leaves them exposed to risk while making DR much costlier (and unpredictable) than it needs to be. Going straight to public cloud can be unexpectedly expensive despite the relative low cost of storage, and often doesn’t provide the robust SLAs required for mission- and business-critical systems. Yet, the benefits of cloud-based DR cannot be denied.

Bundles Hybrid DR Solutions are available

So, what if you could bundle backup for secondary data and systems, DR for business-critical systems, and high availability for mission-critical systems with replication to public and private clouds? An intermediary step between fully on-premises and pure SaaS? A solution that’s truly plug-and-play with a single point of contact for hardware, software and cloud services? It would look something like this:

We’re proud to introduce our newest appliances, the Arcserve 9000 Series

Designed for disaster recovery and backed by the world’s number one hardware provider with high redundancy for ultimate reliability. The first backup and DR appliance of its kind, it allows you to spin up copies of physical and virtual systems directly on the appliance and in private/public/Arcserve clouds. With on-site support in as little as four hours and effective capacity of up to 504TBs, it doesn’t get better than this!

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