Examining disaster recovery by the numbers [infographic]

Disaster recovery, or IT Business Continuity as we like to think of it, is a space that’s riddled with traps. Or at best, it suffers from a number of myths and tendencies toward “fingers crossed.” It’s not just about a fundamental difference between backup and disaster recovery; the idea that it’s one thing to have your data duplicated into a repository somewhere but quite another to be able to actually restore it — also downed applications and network configurations — rapidly…

Example 1: If you can’t test it, you don’t know it works

One can’t get serious about DR unless one acknowledges not just the criticality of testing, but also...

By nScaled, 26 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Disaster Recovery, Infographic, Security.

For law firms: Online backup and disaster recovery made simple

Thanks to hybrid cloud solutions...

Hurricanes in Vermont. Earthquakes in Washington, D.C. Tornadoes in Missouri. Natural disasters seem to be all over the news lately. Would your firm be able to recover in a reasonable amount of time and resume operations?

Many risks exist – even for firms far away from earthquake fault lines, tornado alleys and hurricane zones. Consider the risk of water damage. Every law firm is at risk from broken pipes, too much rain or even a sink overflowing on the floor above you....

By nScaled, 21 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Storage.

Upgrading Backup is Too Little, Too Late

One of the big old players in backup software recently announced that they will “blur the lines between backup and archive,” by automatically aging backups to an archive. If your perspective is that of the old-school backup mindset, this probably sounds like progress.

Unfortunately, this is just a baby step towards something that already exists: a unified platform that provides continuity, disaster recovery (DR) and...

By nScaled, 16 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Virtualisation.

Disaster Recovery 201: An advanced course

There’s a very good piece by Esther Shein over at Computerworld today called “Disaster recovery 101: What you need to know”.

Shein does a great job of reviewing the pressing need that all businesses have for DR, and cites some scary statistics about the paltry uptake of DR among SMBs.

The most important part of her story covers the need for companies to have a DR plan. This is great advice,...

By nScaled, 17 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Disaster Recovery.

The Maths Behind Disaster Recovery ROI

Disaster recovery plans and solutions are a form of insurance. Companies hope that they’ll never need them, but pay the “premium” because not to do so is to put their business at risk.

With any insurance policy, the subscriber tries to calculate what a fair premium to pay is. The calculation is based on the likelihood of making a claim, the size of a claim, and the premium payments. As long as the sum of all premium payments is less than the expected value of the policy (likelihood x...

By nScaled, 11 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery.

Not Only Is Tape Dead, Backup Is Too

I just finished reading a piece of marketing nonsense hoo-hah from Iron Mountain that argues that tape isn’t dead. Methinks Iron Mountain doth protest to much. Let’s see, what’s Iron Mountain’s digital business? Oh, that’s right – tape vaulting. The death of tape, and Iron Mountain’s sudden exit from cloud-based storage and backup, must be cause for alarm in Boston.

Now, before I go any further, let me be clear that yes, I know that tape is being used today, and not technically dead… yet. When nScaled and others...

By nScaled, 27 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Industry, SaaS .

Paranoia Will Destroy Ya

There’s an amusingly pugnacious post over at ZDNet by Ken Hess that asks why so many people seem to be paranoid about cloud computing.

Hess, with tongue in cheek (I think), conjures images of survivalist loonies in describing the mistrust that some of his readers apparently exhibit towards cloud. That seem like a bit much, but what with all the vendor hype surrounding cloud, I wouldn’t blame buyers for being...

By nScaled, 27 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Enterprise, Security.

Two Kinds of Cloud Infrastructure

I’m just getting around to writing about a terrific post by Rodrigo Flores over at GigaOm about SLAs and cloud infrastructure. Flores neatly articulates something that we have based nScaled on – the importance of the enterprise service agreement and SLAs in cloud, and the factors that make a cloud “enterprise grade.”

Flores starts by pointing out a classic mistake that IT teams make when comparing...

By nScaled, 14 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice.

Back to school: Disaster recovery lessons

The past week and a half have brought us the trifecta of business continuity / disaster recovery (BC/DR) stories: Hurricane Irene, the San Diego blackout, and the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I’ll try not to belabor the point – stuff happens, and business need to be prepared – and instead highlight some of the more important lessons.

Lesson #1 – Disasters happen all the time.

It’s unfortunate that our industry refers to “disaster recovery”. The word disaster sounds like...

By nScaled, 12 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Disaster Recovery, Industry, Security.

Backup is NOT Disaster Preparedness

I just got done reading a survey report put out by Symantec on the topic of SMB disaster preparedness. It stated what I think most of already know, that something like 50% of small and midsize businesses (SMB) don’t have a disaster plan. This is a terrible state of affairs, and I applaud Symantec for highlighting the issue with the report.

Much less laudable was Symantec’s recommendation for how SMBs can address the gap. As I read, and then re-read the report to be sure, I realized that all the...

By nScaled, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Security.

It’s Not a Disaster Recovery Plan If You Don’t Test It

There’s a fine story by Jacob Gsoedl over at SearchDisasterRecovery.com called, “Disaster recovery in the cloud explained” that makes for good reading.

Gsoedl provides a good overview of matters. I would like amplify one topic that I think deserves more emphasis than Gsoedl provides – testing.

As one of our customers recently put it to me, “You don’t actually have a DR plan if you...

By nScaled, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Forecasts, Industry, Infrastructure, PaaS, SaaS , Security.