Every minute a business remains closed due to a disaster is a minute during which revenue isn’t being earned, bringing the business one step closer to complete failure with every tick of the clock.
Frank Jablonski, Product Marketing Director for Acronis Cloud and Mobility Solutions puts it this way: “Can you afford to be down for a week?” The answer to that question for large numbers of businesses is a definite “No.”
For most businesses, no matter what products or services they sell, recovery from a disaster requires the restoration of the critical customer, product, process and other data needed to run the business. Recovering that data quickly can make the difference between failure and survival. “If you’ve lost your billing system,” says Jablonski as an example, “and you don’t know who to send invoices to, you’re not going to get money in…. People go out of business pretty quickly due to cash flow issues.”
Because of the heavy reliance on data for all types of business, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says “a plan for backup and restoration of electronic information is essential” for every business to recover from a disaster of any kind. (Emphasis added.)
“A lot of people understand this concept,” says Jablonski, “but it used to be too expensive.” Until recently, backup recovery systems had to be custom built for each business, complete with servers and operating system licenses. And it had to be maintained in separate locations, safely away from the main IT systems. All that extra infrastructure added expense that only large companies could afford to maintain. That left a lot of businesses vulnerable.
Now, however, the advent of disaster recovery-as-a-service means that economies of scale can work for businesses that can’t afford or don’t want to maintain their own backup systems, says Jablonski. The hardware and software needed for disaster recovery-as-a-service is maintained by dedicated companies like Acronis and its service provider partners that serve many businesses. The cloud makes it possible.
Acronis Disaster Recovery Service works by backing up a company’s IT systems to a dedicated appliance on the company’s premises and also to the Acronis cloud data center. The service works quietly behind the scenes backing up critical files, software, servers and even entire data centers. Regular, automated tests ensure that everything remains up to date and operates perfectly.
Then, in the event of a disaster, a click of a button on a Web interface restores any amount of the company’s data in fifteen minutes or less. If the company’s hardware is gone along with the data, as might happen in a fire or a flood, virtual servers replicating the company’s lost systems spring to life, keeping business running without interruption and for however long it takes to restore the lost systems. It’s all geared toward getting businesses back up and running as quickly as possible following a disaster—and preventing them from becoming a statistic.
If you’d like to learn more about the latest best practices for disaster recovery, check out this white paper on How to Develop an Effective Disaster Recovery Plan.